New I-9 Mandatory On 1/22/2017

By Carol Hildebrand

Use of the new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (dated 11/14/2016) becomes mandatory beginning Sunday, January 22, 2017. The 3-page Form is now separate from its 15-page instructions.  Both are available at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9.

Differences from the prior Form I-9 are not great. Section 1 requests slightly different sworn information from a new hire.  Perhaps the biggest news is that the new I-9 is fillable electronically on the agency’s website.

However, even if the I-9 is filled out electronically by the new hire and the employer’s representative, it still must be PRINTED and SIGNED by HAND by both. The Forms I-9 must be maintained for presentation in the event of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement inspection.