Effective November 1, 2023 all employers must use the revised form I-9, which can be found on the USCIS website.
The form has an “edition date” of August 1, 2023 (08/01/2023). The benefit of the revised Form I-9 includes the ability for employers who are registered for E-Verify to remotely examine their employees’ identity and employment authorization documents.
For all other non-E-Verify employers, the form has been shortened (unbelievable, in this age when USCIS seems to make its forms longer and longer with each edition!). The form can also be completed on tablets and mobile devices, and the preparer and/or translator certification portion is in a separate supplement, for use only as needed.
The re-verification process is now a separate supplement as well, on the fourth page of the form.
The list of acceptable documents is also included on the form, and includes even certain USCIS receipt notices and information on automatic extensions of employment authorization documents. This is extremely important in this age when USCIS is taking months, and sometimes years, to issue EAD cards to applicants.
Overall, a welcome change to the USCIS burdensome forms regime!
NOTE: AGAIN – All employers must use the revised form I-9 starting November 1. Please contact our office if you have any questions regarding the new form, how to fill it out, any document retention practices, document review, or any other immigration related questions. Remember, the law authorizes stiff penalties for failure to complete or improperly complete these forms, so a simple administrative error may cost your company a substantial fine!
© Farhad Sethna, Attorney, 2023
Farhad Sethna has practiced law for over 25 years. He was awarded his JD in 1990 and his MBA in 1991, both from the University of Akron. Since 1996, he has also been an adjunct professor of Immigration Law at the University of Akron, School of Law, in Akron, Ohio, where he wrote and continues to use his own immigration textbook. Attorney Sethna is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education and professional development seminars on various immigration-related topics. His practice is limited to immigration and small business. He has won awards for excellence in teaching and for pro-bono service. With offices in Cuyahoga Falls, Akron and New Philadelphia, Ohio, Attorney Sethna represents clients in all types of immigration cases before federal agencies and the immigration courts nationwide. A private pilot, it is Farhad’s goal to fly to each of Ohio’s 88 county airports. Our number is: (330) 384-8000. Please send your general immigration questions to AttorneySethna@immigration-america.com. We will try to answer as many questions as possible.