What You Need to Know About Form I-9 & E-Verify
Tuesday, 10 January 2017 23:11

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the newest version of the Form I-9 is now available. Click here to view and download the form.

Employers can use the previous version of Form I-9, with a revision date of March 8, 2013, until January 21, 2017. After January 21, 2017, all previous versions will be invalid.

Employers who don’t complete the Form I-9 for each employee hired to work in the United States may receive monetary penalties up to $2,156 per Form I-9 and in some cases may be charged with criminal penalties.

The new presidential administration claims it will focus on immigration policies, particularly with respect to unauthorized workers; as a result, 2017 is expected to be a record-breaking year in immigration enforcement. We encourage employers to be vigilant in their Form I-9 compliance in efforts to mitigate the risk of fines, penalties, and possibly even jail time.

Here are some common questions about the Form I-9:

  • How do I fill out the new an I-9?
  • Is E-Verify required in my state; if so, how do I use it?
  • What are the most common and costly errors when completing Forms I-9, how do I correct them?
  • How far are you required to go to determine if a document is "genuine"?
  • What are the retention requirements for an I-9, and what’s the best way to store them?
  • How can a self-audit help reduce my risk?
  • What are acceptable documents to prove identity and work authorization?
  • What are the pros & cons of copying supporting documents that employees provide to complete the I-9?
  • How do I re-verify an I-9 when the documents the employee previously presented have expired?
  • How do I audit terminated employees’ I-9?
  • What’s the correct way to discard an I-9?
  • What are the benefits of completing an I-9 electronically?
  • Is there anything I should consider when deciding to go paperless?
  • Is there anything else I should be doing in regard to an I-9?

Please your Human Resources, Payroll or legal provider with employment law questions or any of these Form I-9 questions.

We hope this information is helpful to you and your company.


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