The USCIS issued a new Form I-9. Employers may continue using Form I-9 dated 03/08/2013 N. through Jan. 21, 2017. However, by Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use the revised form. The new Form I-9 must be used for all employees hired Jan. 22, 2017 and after—employers do not need to update forms for employees hired before that date.
Click here to view a short video on how to properly complete the new I-9 form.
Employers should continue to retain and store previously completed forms for existing and former employees in accordance with guidance provided on I-9 Central.
The new Form I-9 and instructions are available on this page. The main difference between the new Form and previous versions is that this form is a fillable pdf that can be completed on a computer. However, the Form I-9 must still must be printed out and signed. The M-274 “Handbook for Employers” which provides plain language guidance for Form I-9 compliance is expected to be updated soon. In the meantime, the USCIS recommends following the instructions provided with the new Form I-9.
This change is a good opportunity to audit your records. Contact CEA today if you need guidance or assistance in this area.