Great news for employers and new hires! As of August 1, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is launching an updated version of Form I-9, making the employment eligibility verification process much smoother. This new form will allow employers enrolled in E-Verify to remotely examine identity and employment authorization documents through a DHS-authorized alternative procedure, offering convenience and efficiency.
The revised Form I-9 includes a checkbox for E-Verify employers to indicate remote examination, complying with specific requirements like retaining document copies and conducting live video interactions.
Besides the remote examination option, the updated form brings other improvements. It reduces Sections 1 and 2 to a single-sided sheet and makes it fillable on tablets and mobile devices. The Section 1 Preparer/Translator Certification area has been relocated to a separate supplement, and Section 3 for Reverification and Rehire is also in a separate supplement.
The transition timeline allows employers using E-Verify to adopt the new procedure from August 1, 2023, and fulfill physical document examination requirements until August 30, 2023. For employers not enrolled in E-Verify during the pandemic flexibilities, in-person physical examinations must be completed by the same date. The current Form I-9 can be used until October 31, 2023, with the revised version becoming mandatory from November 1, 2023.
This update opens up opportunities for more flexible and compliant employment verification processes, making the new hire experience simpler and smoother than ever before. Employers should prepare for the transition by understanding and implementing the changes, ensuring a seamless onboarding process for their workforce. Stay tuned for the revised Form I-9 on uscis.gov