USCIS Seeks Additional Comments on Revised Form I-9

May 13, 2016

By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Laura Danielson is an active member.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept comments until April 27, 2016, on the revised Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9. In response to the approximately 130 public comments USCIS received during the previous 60-day notice, USCIS made further changes to the proposed form. Key changes to the form include:

  • Validations on certain fields to ensure information is entered correctly;
  • Additional spaces to enter multiple preparers and translators;
  • Dropdown lists and calendars;
  • Embedded instructions for completing each field;
  • Ways to allow users to access the instructions electronically, print the form, and clear the form to start over;
  • A dedicated area to enter additional information that employers are currently required to notate in the margins of the form;
  • A quick-response matrix barcode, or QR code, that generates once the form is printed “that can be used to streamline audit processes”;
  • Requiring employees to provide only other last names used in Section 1, rather than all other names used;
  • Removing the requirement that those authorized to work provide both their Form I-94 number and foreign passport information in Section 1;
  • Separating instructions from the form, in keeping with USCIS practice; and
  • Adding a Supplement in cases where more than one preparer or translator is used to complete Section 1.

USCIS noted that after the 30-day comment period ends and public comments are considered, the agency may make further changes to the form. Comments may be submitted by following the instructions in the USCIS notice here