Immigration Eyes New 1-9

January 26th, 2017

What’s New?

Beginning January 22, 2017, employers must use only the new Form I-9 as reported by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services on their website www.uscis.gov. The new form is dated 11/14/2016 on the bottom of each page and expires 8/31/2019.

 

Why Should I Be Concerned?

The changes are minor, mainly to promote ease of use, particularly when completed on a computer. However, the consequences of using the old form are not necessarily minor. The penalties for Form I-9 violations have recently been doubled. The penalty for failing to comply with Form I-9 employment verification requirements are a minimum of $216 and a maximum of $2,156 per individual.  As of January 22, 2017, one of those requirements, is to use the new form.

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