In late November, USCIS finally released its updated Form I-9, which will be mandatory for all employers to begin using as of January 22, 2017. Until January 21, employers may continue using the current Form I-9 last revised on March 3, 2013. As they view a revised form in printed format, employers may not notice many differences. The vast majority of the revisions to this recent Form I-9 involve added "smart" features to the PDF version to help employers reduce technical errors when completing the form on the computer after downloading it from the USCIS website. Among a few of the changes employers may see when using the newer, electronic version of the form: certain fields will now give an error message when the entered data does not have the correct number of characters (such as a social security number or date of birth), drop-down lists and calendars have been added for entering dates, and a quick-response matrix barcode ("QR code") will be generated once the form is printed to assist in streamlining audit processes.
To view the new Form I-9 and see the updated features, please visit the USCIS I-9 Central website. If you have questions concerning I-9 procedures, enforcement actions or preparing to conduct an internal audit of your firm's I-9s, please contact the attorneys at Iandoli Desai & Cronin at firstname.lastname@example.org.