In a move aimed at streamlining and modernizing the employment verification process, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of the Form I-9, the Employment Eligibility Verification form, on August 1, 2023. This updated form, with an edition date of 08/01/23, replaces the previous edition from 2019 (dated 10/21/19). The alterations mark a significant shift in the way employers verify the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.
On or before May 1, 2020, employers must begin using a new I-9 form (Rev. 10/21/2019) in their hiring processes. There is no need to update existing I-9s for employees who previously and properly completed their forms. Other than a few changes to the instructions, there is little other change to the new form. For example, it clarifies that employers do not need to list “N/A” on unused lines.
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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has issued a new form I-9 for all employers. Companies may begin using the new form now, but must begin using the new form by September 18, 2017. All collection and retention rules for existing I-9 forms remain in effect. A few changes were made to the list of acceptable documents in List C, and a few form instructions were revised.