Restaurant and other employers will soon be required to use a revised version of the government’s I-9 form when hiring new employees.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, published its new version of the form Nov. 14. Beginning Jan. 22, 2017, all U.S. employers must start using it. Employers can use the current version, dated March 8, 2013, until Jan. 21. After that, they must use the form dated Nov. 14, 2016.
I-9 forms are used to verify an employee’s identity and eligibility to work in the United States.
The USCIS said the revised three-page form will be easier to complete on a computer. It also is designed to reduce confusion and will help employers avoid technical errors that could result in hefty fines. The changes include:
Other enhancements include:
The USCIS said employers must remember that the revised I-9 form must still be printed out so employees and/or their preparers can sign them. They can be stored on- or off-site in a single format or combination of formats, such as paper, microfilm or microfiche, or electronically.
Go to the USCIS website to learn more about the changes to the I-9 form.