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UNITED STATES – Employers Must Use the New Form I-9 From 22 January 2017

Employers have until 22 January 2017 to incorporate the New Form I-9 into their onboarding processes.

The previous Form I-9 may continue to be used to verify the employment authorisation of new hires and to re-verify expiring employment authorisation until 21 January 2017.

What Is New?

The new Form I-9 includes additional instructions as well as additional completion pages. The new Form I-9 is also a "smart form" which, when completed online, includes helpful dropdown boxes, explanations, validations and automatically fills in the employee information at the top of Section 2/Page 2 (a common omission when the previous Form was released) and autofills "n/a" into fields that do not apply based upon other information entered into the form.  This functionality currently requires Abode Acrobat 8 or higher, so some users may find themselves in need of an update.

What Is Form I-9?

Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorisation of individuals hired for employment in the United States. All US employers must ensure proper completion of Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States.

Action Items

  • Employers of foreign nationals in the US should review Form I-9 procedures and compliance.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Maggio and Kattar and Littler.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.