Free Webinar On New I-9 Form

  04 January 2017

The Department of Homeland Security is offering a free webinar on the new 1-9 form. The Department is offering several sessions, intended to provide information that is helpful in ensuring compliance. Go here to register, under the section “Webinar Choices” for employers.

By January 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016. Until then, they can continue to use the version dated 03/08/2013 or the new version. Among the changes in the new version, Section 1 asks for “other last names used” rather than “other names used,” and streamlines certification for certain foreign nationals.


Other changes include:


   The addition of prompts to ensure information is entered correctly.

   The ability to enter multiple preparers and translators.

   A dedicated area for including additional information rather than having to add it in the margins.

   A supplemental page for the preparer/translator.


The instructions have been separated from the form, in line with other USCIS forms, and include specific instructions for completing each field.


According to the Department of Homeland Security, the revised Form I-9 is also easier to complete on a computer. Enhancements include drop-down lists and calendars for filling in dates, on-screen instructions for each field, easy access to the full instructions, and an option to clear the form and start over. When the employer prints the completed form, a quick response (QR) code is automatically generated, which can be read by most QR readers.


Read more here.