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Revised Form I-9 Now Available

Posted by Amy B. Katz, Esq. on November 22, 2016 at 8:37 AM

As you may know, federal law requires employers to verify the identity and employment authorization of all employees hired in the United States by completing and retaining a Form I-9 for each employee at the time of hire. This requirement applies to both citizens and non-citizens. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has just released a new version of this form, dated November 14, 2016.


Use of the Revised Form I-91Employers may continue using the previous Form I-9 (dated March 8, 2013) through January 21, 2017. However, beginning January 22, 2017, employers MUST use the new version. Employers must retain Form I-9 for a designated period and make it available for inspection by authorized government officers; click here for more information regarding the storage and retention rules.

Noteworthy Changes for Revised Form I-9

  • Section 1 now asks the employee to list “other last names used” in Section 1, rather than “other names used.”
  • Section 1 certification for certain foreign nationals has been streamlined
  • Prompts have been added to ensure information is correctly entered
  • Multiple preparers and translators may now be entered
  • A supplemental page for the preparer/translator has been added
  • Instructions for completing Form I-9 have been separated from the form, and now include specific instructions for completing each field
  • Completion of the new Form I-9 on a computer will be aided by enhancements such as drop-down lists, calendars for filling in dates, on-screen instructions for each field, easy access to the full instructions and an option to clear the form and start over.

If you have any questions regarding the revised I-9 or any other employment related issues, please contact one of our employment attorneys: Amy Katz (akatz@outsidegc.com); Jacqueline Piscitello (jpiscitello@outsidegc.com) or Christine Zebrowski (CZebrowski@outsidegc.com).

If your questions pertain to completion of Form I-9 for your foreign national employees, please contact one of our immigration attorneys: Lori Geisinger (lgeisinger@outsidegc.com) or Jackie DiSanto (jdisanto@outsidegc.com).


Topics: Employment Law, Immigration

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