The new Form I-9, or Employment Authorization Verification, will be made available via the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website on November 22, 2016.
The new I-9 is purported to include some handy new features. Now offered is an online ‘smart form’ to help eliminate the most commonly made errors. However, it is important to know that the new I-9 is not an electronic form. The form will still need to be printed, signed and stored appropriately.
A 2-month grace period will be provided for employers to integrate the new form into their onboarding procedures. This means that employers must begin using the new I-9 form for all new hires and reverifications no later than January 22, 2017. After that date, all previous versions of the I-9 Form will be invalid. Employers using older forms will be considered in violation, possibly resulting in fines.
As with any new implementation, now is a good time for employers to review their current I-9 procedures, ensuring that they are ready to address any changes required.
New I-9 form will be available here on November 22nd: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9