Lookout Corner: Form I-9 may be a changin’

Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, may soon be getting a facelift.  (And unlike most facelifts, this one seems like it might actually be a good idea.)


At the tail end of last month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) released some proposed revisions to Form I-9 that would lengthen the form from 2 pages to 3.  Now, I know what you’re thinking, but the changes don’t seem too laborious – and they actually may prove to be helpful. 


The proposed changes – which, of course, are not yet effective and are awaiting approval – would add to Form I-9:

  • more complete instructions
  • an altered layout (assumedly streamlined?)
  • optional fields for employee email and telephone number
  • new fields for foreign passport numbers (if the employee’s passport is needed for work authorization). 

Now, I’m sure you already knew this, but if you had a subscription to Employment Verification – An Employer’s Guide to Immigration, Form I-9, and E-Verify on HRsimple.com, your compliance guide would be updated immediately should these changes go through.  (You know, just throwin’ it out there.)


Click here to read an article about the proposed changes to Form I-9, written by our partners at Ogletree Deakins


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