USCIS Announces I-9 Form Changes

February 7, 2020

By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.

I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification blank form lies on United States flag with blue pen from Department of Homeland Security close up

As of January 31, 2020, employers should begin using a new version of the Form I-9 (version 10/21/2019, expires 10/31/2022). U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) informs employers of a Federal Register notice that the old form will become obsolete on April 30, 2020. Employers may use the old form until that date.

Changes to the Form I-9 include:

  • Addition of Eswatini and North Macedonia to the Country of Issuance field in Section 1 and the foreign passport issuing authority field in Section 2 per those countries’ recent name changes. These changes are only visible when completing the fillable Form I-9 on a computer.
  • Clarification of who can act as an authorized representative on behalf of an employer
  • Updating of USCIS website addresses
  • Clarification of acceptable documents
  • Updating the process for requesting the paper Form I-9
  • Updating the DHS Privacy Notice