New I-9 Form Released

November, 2016

By Jenna Reed, JD, MBA, General Counsel and Director, Compliance Services
Cascade Employers Association
[email protected]

On November 14, 2016 the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published an updated I-9 Form. Although the previous version expired on March 31, 2016, employers were allowed to continue using that form until an updated version was made available.

Here are a few highlights of the new form:

  • The form is provided in an electronic format to help reduce error. The electronic version includes helpful dropdown boxes, pop-up instructions and other prompts designed to make completing the form easier and more accurate. Employers may still use a paper version of the form.

  • In Section 1 it asks for “other last names used” instead of “other names” used.

  • It streamlines the certifications for certain foreign nationals.

  • The form allows for multiple preparers or translators.

  • It provides a dedicated area for additional information rather than putting it in the margins.

  • A supplemental page for the preparer/translator is also provided.

  • Updated instructions to help complete the new form.

Employers must start using the new form no later than January 22, 2017.

If you have any questions about the new I-9 form, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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