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Ask the Hotline | Government Issues New I-9 Form

February 10, 2020
I recently heard that the federal government released a new I-9 form. Is that true and if so, can you offer me any information?
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) released a new employment eligibility verification form (form I-9) at the  end of January. The new form is available on the USCIS website here. According to the website the new form appears to contain only minor changes. Anyone interested in looking at the comparison of the two forms may click here.
The new form comes with an October 21, 2019 effective but it is available for use now. At the same time, it will not become mandatory to use this form until May 1. Employers may use either version of the form during the transition period.
It may be a good practice to download a copy of the new form and begin to use it while destroying any blank copies of the old form to ensure that you have properly transitioned to using the new form by May 1.
The USCIS website contains extensive information about I-9 documents, a detailed instruction manual on how to complete the I-9, and a new Spanish-language I-9. The employer must have an English language I-9 available for every employee. Since the Spanish-language I-9 tracks exactly the English language I-9, Spanish-speaking employees may use it as a guide to fill in section 1 of the I-9 form. 
For more information please visit USCIS website I-9 central 
Employers interested in learning more about having AIM HR Solutions provide you with an I-9 audit or other documentation-related issues may call the AIM Employer Hotline at 800-470-6277. 
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