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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Releases New I-9 Form

Published:  January 29, 2020

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new mandatory I-9 form on January 31, 2020. The I-9 Form is used to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired in the United States for employment. It is mandatory for employers to maintain the I-9 form for an employee as long as the specific individual works for the employer as well as for the required retention period after an individual's employment is terminated.

The new version has minor changes to the form as well as the instructions.

Changes to the instructions include:

  • Clarification on who can act as an authorized representative on behalf of an employer
  • Updated USCIS website addresses
  • Clarification on acceptable documents for Form I-9
  • Updated the process for requesting paper Forms I-9
  • Updated the DHS Privacy Notice

This form should start being used as of January 31, 2020 (approved 10/21/2019), but employers may continue using the prior version of the form until April 30, 2020. Employers should dispose of any incomplete prior versions of the form and start utilizing the newly updated form for any new hires going forward.

You can find the new version of the Form I-9 here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9

If you have any questions about the new I-9 form, or any other legal matters, please contact the attorneys at Royal, P.C.

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