New I-9 Form Released

Published:  November 22, 2016

The I-9 form has been revised.  The newly revised version can be accessed here.  Employers must begin using this new form by no later than January 22, 2017.  While the prior version continues to remain in effect up until that date, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages employers to begin using the new form now. 

All employers are required to complete I-9 forms with respect to each new hire.  Once completed, there are storage and retention requirements related to these forms as well.

The new form can be downloaded and completed electronically.  The electronic version of the I-9 includes features to ensure that all fields of the form have been filled out.  There is a new paper version of the I-9 as well, which can be printed and completed. 

Changes to the form include revisions to Sections 1 and 2.  Specifically, there is a new field in the Preparer and/or Translator Certification and certain language has been changed, such as changing "other names used" to "other last names used."

Failing to complete I-9 forms properly carry stiff penalties, which include hefty fines and possible debarment from government contracts.

If you have any questions about the new I-9 form or your company's I-9 compliance, please contact any of the attorneys at Royal.