Attention employers, a new I-9 is has arrived. On November 14th, 2016 the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.
Even though the form is available right now, and your small business can start to use it right now, the official compliance deadline is January 22, 2017. Starting January 22, all employers must use the new version of the Form I-9 dated 11/14/2016. Until then employers may continue to use the version dated 03/08/2013. So if you have some of these still laying around, go ahead and use them up before January 22.
So what’s so different about the form? Well, I took a look and did some research to fill you in on the changes and how they may affect your small business. The main goal of the revisions according to the USCIS is to reduce errors and make it easier to complete to form using a computer. The updates made to accomplish these goals include:
Another thing good thing about the revisions is that the instructions have been separated from the form, which makes it easier to print the form without all those additional pages. The instructions now also include specific instructions for completing each field on the form.
In addition, the form is set up to be completed online using a computer. You will however need to have Adobe Reader 8 or better installed on your computer to do this. If you choose to use this functionality there are some pretty nice enhancements. Those include:
So now that you know what’s new, here’s how to get ready.
In addition to these steps and becoming familiar with the new I-9 form, it is recommended that employers stay vigilant about I-9 compliance. Proactive activities would include reviewing your current I-9 processes for compliance and completeness as well as conducting an I-9 audit.
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