ATTENTION: New Form I-9 Released On January 31, 2020 by USCIS

This new version contains minor changes to the form and its instructions. Employers should begin using this updated form as of Jan. 31, 2020

On January 31, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the newly updated Form I-9. 

All U.S. employers must properly complete the Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and noncitizens. Both employees and employers must complete the form.

The new version bears a revision date of 10/21/2019 (bottom left corner) and an expiration date of 10/31/2022 (top right corner). Although there is a short grace period, employers should start using the new version now. The Form I-9 Instructions have also been updated.

USCIS states that as of January 31, 2020, employers may use either the 07/17/17 N or the 10/21/2019 version. Starting May 1, 2020, employers shall use the 10/21/19 version. Prior versions of the form will be unacceptable after May 1st.

USCIS Releases New I-9 Form to Be Used by September 2017

i-9USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17, 2017. Download instructions are available on the Form I-9 page. Employers can use this revised version, or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through Sept. 17, 2017. However, on Sept. 18, employers must begin using the revised form with a revision date of 07/17/17 N. Employers must continue following existing storage and retention rules for any previously completed Form I-9.

Revisions to the Form I-9 instructions:

  • USCIS changed the name of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices to its new name, “Immigrant and Employee Rights Section.”
  • USCIS removed “the end of” from the phrase “the first day of employment.”

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