Have you heard? The revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, is now available, offering a more efficient and user-friendly experience. These changes aim to simplify the process, save time, and enhance accuracy in verifying employees’ eligibility to work in the United States.
One of the most significant improvements is the shortened form. The new Form I-9 has been condensed into a single page, and the instructions accompanying the form have been trimmed down to just eight pages, providing concise and clear guidance for employers throughout the verification process.
Employers can start using the new Form I-9 starting August 1, 2023. However, don’t worry if you’re still using the previous version. The older Form I-9 dated 10/19/19 will remain valid for use until 10/31/23. You can find the version date at the lower left corner of the form, ensuring you’re using the right one. As we look ahead, starting from November 1, 2023, only the new Form I-9 dated 8/1/23 will be accepted. So, make sure to make the switch before that date to ensure compliance. Here is an updated version of Form I-9.
In addition, starting from August 1, 2023, remote examination of employees’ Form I-9 documents is permitted, provided you are enrolled in E-Verify. This new capability streamlines the verification process and adds flexibility, particularly for businesses with remote or hybrid work arrangements. For further details regarding remote verification, click here.
These updates are designed to simplify and expedite the process of verifying employees’ eligibility to work in the United States. By reducing the form’s length and providing clearer instructions, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) aims to alleviate the administrative burden on employers while maintaining the integrity of the verification process. You can find a summary of the changes and instructions for the new Form I-9 here.
Remember, you can start using the new Form I-9 from August 1, 2023, and the older version will remain valid until October 31, 2023. After November 1, 2023, only the new form will be accepted. Additionally, the option for remote examination of Form I-9 documents for E-Verify users offers greater flexibility for employers and supports the evolving nature of work arrangements.