Are you ready for the new I-9 Form requirements starting May 1st?

The USCIS has announced that as of Jan. 31, 2020, employers should begin using the Form I-9 posted here (edition 10/21/19).

If you have not started using the new form yet, you must do so no later than May 1, 2020. That deadline is coming up quickly and employers who fail to use the new Form I-9 may be subject to penalties under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

All U.S. employers must properly complete Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States to ensure employment authorization in the US. This includes citizens and noncitizens.

What’s changed?

• USCIS added Eswatini and North Macedonia to the Country of Issuance field in Section 1 and the foreign passport issuing authority field in Section 2 per those countries’ recent name changes.

• USCIS updated the following in the form instructions:
o Clarified who can act as an authorized representative on behalf of an employer
o Updated USCIS website addresses
o Provided acceptable document clarifications
o Updated the process for requesting the paper Form I-9
o Updated the DHS Privacy Notice

If you are using a paper I-9 Form, you can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions. Starting May 1,2020, employers can only use the 10/21/19 edition.

If you are looking to streamline your I-9 Form process, Frasco Profiles’ electronic I-9 Form solution offering has been updated with the new form requirements. To learn more about our I-9 and E-Verify services, contact us to speak with one of our representatives!