The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has issued a revised Form I-9. The new form, which was released in both a smart digital version and a paper version, can be found at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9. The revisions to the digital version include, among other things, drop-down lists and calendars, and embedded instructions for completing each field. Employers must start using the new form no later than January 22, 2017. With USCIS’s recent announcement that fines for I-9 violations will significantly increase, we encourage employers to start becoming familiar with and using the new forms as soon as possible.
More than half a million U.S. employers are now enrolled in the E-Verify program. The E-Verify program is an electronic system that employers can use to verify eligibility to work in the United States. And while the system initially faced significant challenges and skepticism (due in large part to reliability issues), the program has improved and become more accepted. Illinois’ ban on using E-Verify no longer applies and many states have made use of E-Verify mandatory. Whether to use E-Verify is a very company-specific decision, but more and more businesses are deciding it makes sense.
To commemmorate the 500,000 participant milestone, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new video that introduces the program’s benefits. USCIS has also launched an updated E-Verify website.