The New I-9 is Here!


By Jennifer Jacobus, PHRca, SDEA Director of HR Services

Here we go again.  The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the new I-9 form on August 1, 2023.  The new form, found HERE, has an effective date of August 1, 2023. Employers may use the current Form I-9 (edition date 10/21/2019) until October 31, 2023. Effective November 1, 2023, employers must use the new Form I-9 (edition date 8/01/2023).

In an effort to simplify the I-9 process, we are back to the one-page I-9 and the corresponding instructions  have been reduced from 15 pages to eight…yeah?

USCIS has also revised the Lists of Acceptable Documents page with certain receipt notices and included guidance on when certain Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) may be automatically extended.

The biggest change is that the Department of Homeland Security implemented a new rule that will allow certain employers with a remote means of examining I-9 documentation to complete I-9 remotely; these employers must be enrolled in E-Verify in good standing. The USCIS has outlined requirements for employers to qualify to use this alternative procedure.

While attempts at making the I-9 more user-friendly continue, this form continues to be confusing and mistakes continue to carry penalties; but don’t worry!  SDEA is hosting a roundtable outlining the new I-9 changes, how to complete the form and the requirements to complete the I-9 form remotely.

Join us on August 23 for this remote roundtable, you can register HERE.

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