December 7, 2016

Revised Form I-9 for Use Beginning in 2017 (article)

Last month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  The Form I-9 is used to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States, including both citizens and non-citizens.  Employers are required to have a completed Form I-9 for each individual on their payroll.  While this form is not required to be submitted to the USCIS, employers are required to retain these forms for a minimum of three years following the date of hire, or one year following termination of employment, whichever is later. 


The new version of the Form I-9 (dated 11/14/16) makes minor changes to prior edition of the form and must be used by employers beginning January 22, 2017.  Until then, employers can continue to use the current version of the Form I-9 (dated 3/8/13) or begin using the new version.   The new version of the Form I-9, together with instructions and guidance for employers is available on USCIS website (http://www.uscis.gov/i-9).

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