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USCIS Releases New Form I-9 & Instructions

USCIS Releases New Form I-9 & Instructions

USCIS released a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification on January 31, 2020.

Employers should begin using the new version of Form I-9 at this time.
Use of the new Form I-9 becomes mandatory starting May 1, 2020.


Need to Know:

  • Grace period for using the prior version of Form I-9 through April 30, 2020.
  • Mandatory use of new Form I-9 as of May 1, 2020
  • Download the new Form I-9:
  • Applies to new hires and re-verification of employment authorization for existing employees

What’s Changed:


  • Added 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.


  • Clarified that an authorized representative may be any person an employer designates to complete and sign Form I-9 on its behalf. However, the employer remains liable for any violations in connection with the form or the verification process.
  • Updated USCIS website addresses.
  • Provided acceptable document clarifications.
  • Updated the process for requesting the paper Form I-9.
  • Updated the Department of Homeland Security Privacy Notice.
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