Recently, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new version of its Employment Eligibility Verification form, also known as Form I-9. Employers are required to use the new form exclusively beginning on Nov. 1, 2023. Instructions also clarify procedures for employers who are eligible to utilize remote examination as an alternative to the physical examination of employees’ documentation. Employers enrolled and participating in E-Verify may choose to examine documents remotely. For a complete overview of what’s changing in the new I-9 form, check out our blog post Preparing for the New Form I-9.
Form I-9 Important Dates
Here is the timeline of important dates related to this update:
- July 21, 2023: USCIS announced a new Form I-9.
- Aug. 1, 2023: USCIS published the revised Form I-9 and employers were allowed to begin using the new version.
- Aug. 30, 2023: The deadline for employers to complete physical inspection of I-9 documents, if applicable.
- Oct. 31, 2023: The expiration date of current Form I-9 (edition date Oct. 21, 2019).
- Nov. 1, 2023: Employers must complete the transition to using the revised form to comply with federal employment eligibility verification requirements.
Remote Document Verification
Under current requirements, employers must physically inspect I-9 acceptable documents to certify their employees are authorized to work in the United States. However, the new form includes alternative remote verification procedures employers enrolled in E-Verify can use to comply with their Form I-9 obligations.
Employers can review published instructions from the USCIS for remote document verification for more information.
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