Key Updates to the New Form I-9: What Employers Need to Know
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced an amended version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The latest new form, which employers need to adopt by 1 November, 2023, brings several major changes.
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Back to One-Page Design
The new Form I-9 has gone back to a one-page format, signifying the design used from 1986 to 2013. On the other hand, it now comprises two supplements, A and B, making it a “one-page plus” form.
E-Verify and Remote Examination
For employers utilizing E-Verify, the reviewed form presents a checkbox to specify remote examination of identity and employment authorization credentials. This modification aligns with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) alternative process for remote document inspection.
Reverification and Rehire Modifications
Formerly known as Section 3, the section on reverification and rehiring has been shifted to a distinct page, labeled Supplement B. This modification plans to abridge record-keeping during the rehiring process.
The term “Alien” has been substituted with “Noncitizen” in Section 1, Status 4, exposing a more inclusive language tactic by the USCIS.
Mobile-Friendly and Streamlined Instructions
Please keep in mind that the revised Form I-9 is now mobile-friendly, indicating easier completion on smartphones and tablets. Furthermore, the instructions have been compressed from 15 pages to 8, making them even more user-friendly.
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