Even though the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification and other Form I-9 associated forms expire at the end of this month, don’t delete your forms quite yet! The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has informed employers to, until further notice, continue using the current Form I-9 after its expiration date of October 31, 2022.
This time, unlike the last Form I-9 update in January 2020, the next Form I-9 update could have substantial revisions. In July 2022, the USCIS submitted the Form I-9 collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance, which was also published in the Federal Register for public comment. Some of the proposed changes include:
- Incorporating the Form I-9, Supplement, Section 1 Preparer and/or Translator Certification into the Form I-9 itself.
- Adding a Reverification and Rehires Supplement to Form I-9 as a stand-alone section that you can use only if needed.
- Adding a list of acceptable receipts that may be presented in lieu of a document listed above for a temporary period.
- Reducing the Form I-9 instructions from 15 pages to seven pages.
- Combining the Form I-9’s Section 1 and 2 onto the same page to save space.
In the meantime, keep using the current Form I-9 and related documents, like the Form I-9 Supplement, Section 1 Preparer or Translator Certification and the Instructions for Form I-9 — even past the 10/31/22 expiration date listed on the bottom of the forms themselves and their instructions.
There’s no telling how long it’ll be until we see those new forms; when the previous version of the Form I-9 expired in August 2019, a new version wasn’t available until the end of January 2020.
When the new Form I-9 does become available, however, the Department of Homeland Security will publish a Federal Register notice to announce it — and HRWatchdog will let you know!
Katie Culliton, Editor, CalChamber
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