2022Form I-9

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On March 30, 2022, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – published a notice in the Federal Register to invite public comments on its proposed extension and revisions to the “Form I-9” before the current form expires on October 31, 2022, according to a news story on the USCIS website.

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) requires all U.S. employers to complete a “Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification” for every employee hired after November 6, 1986. The Form I-9 is used to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States to ensure a legal workforce. The DHS is proposing Form I-9 be extended and revised as follows:

  • Compress Sections 1 and 2 from two pages to one page to reduce paper use and storage burden on employers.
  • Change Section 3 to a Reverification and Rehire Supplement that provides three separate areas to enter reverifications and rehires within 3 years of the date of the initial execution of an employee’s Form I-9.
  • Employers would only print and use the supplement as needed, further reducing paper use and storage burdens on employers.
  • Update the List of Acceptable Documents to include a link to List C documents issued by DHS and the acceptable receipts listed in 8CFR 274a.2(b)(1)(vi)(A-C).
  • Reduce and simplify the instructions from 15 pages to 7 pages, further reducing paper usage.
  • Remove electronic PDF enhancements to ensure that it can be completed on all electronic devices and is not software dependent.

The 60-day comment period for this proposed Form I-9 extension and revision will be open until May 31, 2022. The DHS may withhold comments that are offensive or may impact the privacy of individuals. To review the proposed revisions to the form and instructions and to submit a comment, go to Federal Register Notice 87 FR 18377. Comments can be made online at www.regulations.gov/commenton/USCIS-2006-0068-0422

Global background screening firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a service offering of ClearStar – and Human Resources (HR) services provider EMP Trust Solutions will present a free webinar on the topic of “I-9 Self-Audits: Employer Best Practices” from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time / 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time on a rescheduled date of Wednesday, April 20, 2022. 

The free webinar will feature speaker Greg Siskind, a founder of Siskind Susser, a national immigration firm based in Memphis, Tennessee. The webinar moderator will be ESR Vice President of Strategic Growth Dawn Standerwick, a background screening expert with more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of workforce screening, drug testing, occupational health testing, and HR technologies. To register, click here.

Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a service offering of ClearStar, a leading provider of Human Capital Integrity℠ technology-based services specializing in background checks and medical screening – provides a robust solution that simplifies the Form I-9 process so employers may compliantly verify work status and ensure they have a legal workforce. To learn more, contact ESR today.

NOTE: Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a service offering of ClearStar – does not provide or offer legal services or legal advice of any kind or nature. Any information on this website is for educational purposes only.

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