USCIS Says Employers Should Review Form I-9s for SSN Glitch

May 10, 2017

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.

Review document buttonU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 17, 2017, that employers who used Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, downloaded between November 14 and November 17, 2016, should review the forms to ensure that their employees’ Social Security numbers appear correctly in Section 1. The agency said there was a glitch when the revised I-9 was first published on November 14, 2016, whereby numbers entered in the Social Security number field “were transposed when employees completed and printed Section 1 using a computer.” USCIS said employers using an I-9 that contains this glitch should download and save a new I-9, which can be found here.

USCIS also said that employers who notice that their employees' Social Security numbers are not written correctly “should have their employees draw a line through the transposed Social Security number in Section 1, enter the correct Social Security number, and then initial and date the change.” Employers should include a written explanation with the I-9 about why the correction was made.

USCIS said it immediately repaired and reposted the form on November 17, 2016.

The announcement can be found here.