U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new I-9 form, which the agency says employers should start using. Employers have until April 30, 2020, to use the old form, after which it will no longer be accepted.
Employers do not need to re-do the Form I-9 for existing employees. Indeed, they should not, as this risks violating the anti-discrimination provision of the applicable law and potential enforcement action by the Department of Justice’s Employee Rights Section, within the Civil Rights Division.
The good news is that there are no major changes to the form. Highlights of changes to the Form I-9 include:
Addition of Eswatini and North Macedonia to the Country of Issuance field in Section 1 and the foreign passport issuing authority field in Section 2 per those countries’ recent name changes. These changes are only visible when completing the fillable Form I-9 on a computer.
Clarification of who can act as an authorized representative on behalf of an employer
Updating of USCIS website addresses
Clarification of acceptable documents
Updating the process for requesting the paper Form I-9
Updating the DHS Privacy Notice
The new version has a revision date of 10/21/2019 and expires 10/31/2022.
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