New Form I-9: Includes Remote Verification Procedure for E-Verify Users

On August 1, 2023, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new version of its Employment Eligibility Verification form, most often referred to as the Form I-9.

Important Dates

  • July 21, 2023 UCSIS announced a new Form I-9
  • August 1, 2023 Employers may begin using the new Form I-9.
  • August 30, 2023 Employer deadline to complete the physical inspection of I-9 documents, if applicable.
  • October 31, 2023 Current Form I-9 expiration date (edition date of 10/21/19).
  • November 1, 2023 Employers must complete the transition to using the new Form I-9 (which expires 7/31/26).

What has changed?

UCSIS published a full list of updates here. Some of the most notable differences include:

  • Sections 1 and 2 were reduced to a single sheet. All of the same fields remain, but some have been merged;
  • The preparer/translator certification area and Section 3 (Reverification and Rehire sections) have been moved to standalone supplements that employers can use if needed (for initial verification or
  • The list of acceptable documents has been updated to include some acceptable receipts, guidance, and links to information about automatic extensions of employment authorization documentation;
  • The list of instructions has been reduced from 15 to 8 pages, and now includes added definitions, streamlined processes, and an explanation on how to use the new check boxes to indicate when
    Form I-9 documents were examined remotely.

Remote Document Verification:

Currently, employers must physically inspect I-9 acceptable documents to certify their employees are authorized to work in the United States. However, the new form includes alternative remote verification procedures that employers enrolled in E-Verify can use to comply with their Form I-9 obligations. Employers must participate in E-Verify and be in good standing if they want to examine employee documents remotely. To be in good standing, the employer (1) is enrolled in E-Verify with respect to all hiring sites that use the alternative procedure to examine documents remotely, (2) use E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of newly hired employees in the United States, and (3) comply with all other requirements of the E-Verify program.

  • New E-Verify enrollees and users must complete an E-Verify tutorial that includes fraudulent
    document awareness training.
  • Existing employers already enrolled in E-Verify have access to this tutorial and may retake it at
    any time.

Remote Examination of Documents Procedure:

  • Review copies of Form I-9 documents or an acceptable receipt to ensure documents provided appear genuine and relative to the employee;
  • Conduct a live video interaction with the individual providing the documents to ensure they appear genuine and relative to the employee. The employee must first send a copy of the documents to the
    employer, and then present the same document during the live video interaction; and
  • Retain a clear/legible copy of the documentation (front and back, if two-sided).

Finally, employers need to indicate that they used an alternative procedure on Form I-9 by checking the applicable box in the ‘Additional Information’ field in Section 2.

Most important of all:

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