On November 14th, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. While employers may continue using the previous I-9 version with a revision date of 03/08/2013 through January 21st, 2017, the new revised form must be used from January 22nd onward.
What Is Different with the New Form?
One of the main changes the new form brings is a rewording in Section 1 which now asks for “other last names used” instead of “other names used” for clarity. Likewise, the new form streamlines certification for certain foreign nationals.
Other revisions to the form include:
- Added prompts to ensure the correct entering of information
- The ability to enter multiple preparers and translators
- A dedicated section for including additional information instead of adding to the margins
- An added page for the preparer/translator
Instructions are now separate from the form itself, as is the case with other USCIS forms, and specific guidelines are included for each field. The new I-9 is also much more computer-friendly and easier to fill out, including drop-down lists and calendars, onscreen instructions, and a feature to clear the form and start over. Additionally, automated QR codes are now added to completed forms which can be scanned by most QR readers.
For more information about the changes to the new I-9 form and what they mean to you, contact the Dallas immigration attorneys at Akula & Associates, P.C. today. Backed by decades of global business and family immigration law experience, we can address your immigration-related concerns with ease and guide you towards the effective legal solutions you need.