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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that a revised version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification will be published by November 22, 2016. Employers may use the current version of the Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 N until January 21, 2017. After January 21, 2017, all previous versions of Form I-9 will be invalid.

As reported earlier on the ESR News Blog, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a revised Form I-9 on August 25, 2016. This new version of the Form I-9 will replace the current version of the Form I-9 which expired on March 31, 2016. The OMB Notice of Action also indicated that the new Form I-9 will have an expiration date of August 31, 2019.

According to the OMB Notice sent to USCIS regarding the revised Form I-9: USCIS will, within 90 days, update the I-9 system in order to reflect the new instruments. USCIS will indicate at the bottom of the new form a revision date no later than 90 days from this approval. USCIS may accept the prior version of these instruments for 150 days while technical updates are made.

ESR News also reported that the USCIS – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – published a notice in the Federal Register on March 28, 2016 inviting public comment on proposed changes to the current Form I-9. The USCIS also told employers to continue to use the current Form I-9 until the new version is released.

Some of the proposed revisions for the new Form I-9 include drop-down lists and calendars, embedded instructions for completing each field, and buttons that access instructions. More information is available from ESR News at

The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 requires employers to examine documentation from newly hired employees to prove their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. The Form I-9 requires employees to attest to their work eligibility and employers to certify that the documents presented appear to be genuine and relate to the individual.

ESR Helps Employers with Form I-9 Compliance

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a global background check firm – is also a Designated E-Verify Employer Agent that helps employers with Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance to ensure that their employees are legally eligible to eligible to work in the United States. For more information about ESR, please visit

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