New Form I-9 Means More Immigration-Related Change In 2017

New Form I-9 Means More Immigration-Related Change In 2017

Dec 07, 2016

Client Alert

Brownstein Client Alert, December 7, 2016

Despite President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to build “an impenetrable physical wall on the southern border” of the United States, workers from all backgrounds and nationalities will continue to be hired in this country. And employers must continue to comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verifying employment eligibility by properly and timely completing a Form I-9 for each employee.

Last month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a revised Form I-9, which becomes mandatory as of Jan. 21, 2017 (coincidentally, the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration). Between now and Jan. 21, employers may either use the new form or continue using the prior version (revision date March 8, 2013). The revised Form I-9 offers new features and imposes some different requirements. Some new features enhance the form, while some modifications may result in more technical violations, particularly for employers who continue to use paper versions of the form. (This latest iteration of the Form I-9 is set to expire on Aug. 31, 2019, at which point a new host of changes will inevitably be imposed.)

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