New Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Published Today
On Jan. 31, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published the Form I-9 Federal Register notice announcing a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. This new version bears a revision date of Oct. 21, 2019 and contains minor changes to the form and its instructions. The notice provides employers additional time to make necessary updates and adjust their business processes. Employers may continue using the prior version of the form (Rev. 07/17/2017 N) until April 30, 2020. After that date, they may only use the new form with the 10/21/2019 version date. The version date is located in the lower left corner of the form.
Employers should begin using the updated form (Revision date 10/21/2019) as of today. Employers must use the updated form as of May 1, 2020. A reminder that the current version of the I-9 should be used for all new hires, and for Section 3 re-verifications of existing employees.
USCIS made the following changes to the form and its instructions:
Form: Revised the Country of Issuance field in Section 1 and the Issuing Authority field (when selecting a foreign passport) in Section 2 to add Eswatini and Macedonia, North per those countries’ recent name changes. (Note: This change is only visible when completing the fillable Form I-9 on a computer.)
- Clarified who can act as an authorized representative on behalf of an employer
- Updated USCIS website addresses
- Provided clarifications on acceptable documents for Form I-9
- Updated the process for requesting paper Forms I-9
- Updated the DHS Privacy Notice
A revised Spanish version of Form I-9 with a version date of 10/21/2019 is available for use in Puerto Rico only.