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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On November 14, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the publishing of a revised version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification that employers must start using by January 22, 2017. The new Form I-9 dated 11/14/2016 N is available on the USCIS website at

As of January 22, 2017, employers may no longer continue to use the version of the Form I-9 dated 03/08/2013 N. Among the changes in the new Form I-9, Section 1 asks for “other last names used” rather than “other names used,” and streamlines certification for certain foreign nationals. Other changes to the new Form I-9 include:

  • The addition of prompts to ensure information is entered correctly.
  • The ability to enter multiple preparers and translators.
  • A dedicated area for including additional information rather than having to add it in the margins.
  • A supplemental page for the preparer/translator.

Enhancements for the Form I-9 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. When the employer prints the completed form, a quick response (QR) code is automatically generated, which can be read by most QR readers.

The instructions for the Form I-9 have been separated from the form, in line with other USCIS forms, and include specific instructions for completing each field. The revised Form I-9 is also easier to complete on a computer. More information about the new Form I-9 can be found on the I-9 Central page on the USCIS website at

Form I-9 requirements were established in November of 1986 when Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). The IRCA prohibits employers from hiring people, including U.S. citizens, for employment in the United States without verifying their identity and employment authorization on a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

For more information about USCIS – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – please visit the USCIS at or follow the USCIS on Twitter (@Everify), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook (/uscis), and the USCIS blog The Beacon. The Form I-9 information page on the USCIS website is at


ESR Can Help Employers with Form I-9 Compliance

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a global background check firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) that undergoes yearly SOC 2® audits – is a Designated E-Verify Employer Agent that helps employers with Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance. For more information, visit

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