Tuesday, February 11, 2020

USCIS Releases a New Form I-9

On January 31, 2020, the United States Citizens and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new Form I-9. Employers must begin using the form on May 1, 2020. The USCIS will not accept prior versions of the form after that date. You can check out the USCIS press release discussing the new form by clicking here.

All employers must fill out a Form I-9 when they hire a new employee in order to verify that employee’s identity and thus, ensure the employee is eligible to work in the United States. The form must be filled out regardless of whether the employee is a U.S. citizen or non-citizen.

Employers do not have to file the Form I-9 with the USCIS. Rather, they must keep the form on file for each employee for three years after the date of the employee’s hire or one year after employment is terminated, whichever is later. These documents must be made available for inspection upon the request of the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor, or the Department of Justice.

You can access the new Form I-9 by clicking here.