- The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a redesigned Form I-9 to reduce the number of errors in the employment verification process. The new form also is more compatible electronically than the old form.
- The new Form I-9 streamlines foreign nationals’ certification. Section 1 now asks potential hires for “other last name used” instead of “other names used.” It has prompts for flagging errors, space for preparers and translators’ names, an area for additional information and a supplemental page for preparers or translators.
- Employers have until January 27, 2017, to use the old form, dated 03/08/2013. After Jan. 27, they must switch to the revised version, dated 11/14/2016.
Any process that streamlines and simplifies the workplace verification process is good news for HR managers. Compiling and maintaining employment forms is a big enough task for employers, let alone making sure information is accurate. The new prompt designed to reduce errors and the form’s electronic compatibility are welcome additions to the verification process.
It's especially welcome since fines increased in August for misfiling of the form and other immigration law violations.