Immigration Law

DHS Proposes New 'Smart' Form I-9, Seeks Comment - John Fay

John Fay, LawLogix, Nov. 24, 2015- "Today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced they are seeking public comment on a newly revised “smart” version of the Form I-9 which is designed to reduce technical errors and address frequent points of confusion that arise for both employees and employers along the way. For all of those I-9 enthusiasts out there, this would be the 13th version of the employment eligibility verification form, which originally debuted (to the chagrin of employers everywhere) as a result of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

While a government form update may seem like a minor affair, the I-9 is no ordinary form. According to the latest labor statistics, employers across the US are hiring roughly 5 million new employees per month (each of whom will require an I-9 form). Moreover, certain industries (such as retail and hospitality) are seeing dramatic spikes in hiring as we enter the holiday season – leading to even greater numbers of I-9s which must be completed.

So will the I-9 form be getting another makeover in time for its’ 30th birthday? Let’s take a closer look at what we know so far. ..."