U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has published a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and a notice in the Federal Register regarding the transition period.

Key points:

  • Employers should begin using the new version immediately.
  • The new version of Form I-9 with a version date of 10/21/2019 is available on the USCIS I-9 page.
  • From Jan. 1 to April 30, employers may use either the previous version (version 07/17/2017) or the new, current version (version 10/21/2019).
  • The previous version (version 07/17/2017) will become obsolete on April 30, 2020.

BAL Analysis: Employers should begin using the new version of Form I-9 immediately and no later than April 30. Employers who fail to use the new version after April 30 may be subject to penalties. Employers do not need to complete the new version of the form for current employees who already have a properly completed Form I-9 on file, unless reverification is required.

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