U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released the new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and updated the Instructions for Form I-9. Employers must begin using the new version (dated November 14, 2016) by January 22, 2017. Until then, either the new version or the version dated March 8, 2013, may be used [USCIS News Release, 11-14-16]. The new form and instructions are available on the USCIS website.
Computer version. The Form I-9 has been revised so that it is easier to complete on a computer. Enhancements include drop-down lists and calendars for filling in dates, on-screen instructions for each field, easy access to the full instructions, and an option to clear the form and start over. Note: The Spanish version of the Form I-9 does not include the additional instructions and drop-down lists and may be filled out by employers and employees in Puerto Rico only.
Employers may use either the computer version, the hard copy, or both when completing the Form I-9. However, the form available on the USCIS website may not be electronically signed. The form must be printed, signed, and dated by hand, where required. Note: Employers that have their own electronic Form I-9 systems that meet DHS requirements may choose to use electronic signatures.
When the employer prints the completed form, a quick response (QR) code is automatically generated, which can be read by most QR readers.