USCIS PUBLISHES REVISED FORM I-9
On August 1, 2023, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers must use Form I-9 to verify the identity and employment authorization of their employees. To participate in the remote examination of Form I-9 documents under the DHS-authorized alternative procedure, employers must be enrolled in E-Verify, examine and retain copies of all documents, conduct a live video interaction with the employee, and create an E-Verify case if the employee is a new hire. Employers who were participating in E-Verify and created a case for employees whose documents were examined during COVID-19 flexibilities (March 20, 2020 to July 31, 2023), may choose to use the new alternative procedure starting on August 1, 2023 to satisfy the physical document examination requirement by August 30, 2023. Employers who were not enrolled in E-Verify during the COVID-19 flexibilities must complete an in-person physical examination by August 30, 2023.
The Form I‑9 dated "10/19/2019” may continue to be used through October 31, 2023. The version date can be found at the lower left corner of the form.
Beginning November 1, 2023, only the new Form I‑9 dated "08/01/23” may be used.
A revised Spanish Form I‑9 dated “08/01/23” is available for use in Puerto Rico only.
The revised Form I-9:
Reduces Sections 1 and 2 to a single-sided sheet;
Is designed to be a fillable form on tablets and mobile devices;
Moves the Section 1 Preparer/Translator Certification area to a separate, standalone supplement that employers can provide to employees when necessary;
Moves Section 3, Reverification and Rehire, to a standalone supplement that employers can print if or when rehire occurs or reverification is required;
Revises the Lists of Acceptable Documents page to include some acceptable receipts as well as guidance and links to information on automatic extensions of employment authorization documentation;
Reduces Form instructions from 15 pages to 8 pages; and
Includes a checkbox allowing employers to indicate they examined Form I-9 documentation remotely under a DHS-authorized alternative procedure rather than via physical examination.