“Current Form I-9 Valid Until Jan. 21, 2017”

9/14/2016
SHRM


The newest version of the Form I-9 will be made available by Nov. 22, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced...

“…Employers may continue using the current version of Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 until Jan. 21, 2017. After Jan. 21, all previous versions of the Form I-9 will be invalid.

“…‘Ever since the current version of the I-9 expired on March 31, 2016, employers have been anxiously awaiting the release of the new form, which will now include some 'smart' error-checking features,’ said John Fay, vice president and general counsel at LawLogix…‘The newly revised I-9 also features several new structural changes and instructions which will be important for all employers to know and learn.’

“…The new form is designed to address ‘frequent points of confusion that arise for both employees and employers,’ Fay said. The proposed changes specifically aim to help employers reduce technical errors for which they may be fined, and include:

  • “…The removal of the requirement that immigrants authorized to work provide both their Form I-94 number and foreign passport information in Section 1.
  • A new "Citizenship/Immigration Status" field at the top of section 2.
  • A dedicated area to enter additional information that employers are currently required to notate in the margins of the form, such as Temporary Protected Status and Optional Practical Training extensions.

“…‘It's important to remember that this new smart I-9 form is not an electronic I-9 as defined in the regulations,’ Fay said. ‘Employers filling out the new form I-9 using Adobe Reader will still need to print the form, obtain handwritten signatures, store in a safe place, monitor reverifications and updates with a calendaring system, and retype information into E-Verify as required.’”

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