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Ask the Hotline | Watch for Updated I9 Forms

July 29, 2019
 
Question
 
I was looking over an I-9 recently and discovered that it is nearing its expiration date. Do I need to do anything special about it? 
 
Answer 
 
Each version of the Form I-9 has is issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) effective for a period of up to three years. The current I-9 is due to expire on Aug 31. 
 
No one knows yet if the USCIS will issue a new updated and amended Form I-9.  USCIS invited public comments that closed in July about updating the I-9, suggesting that an amended form will be coming out relatively soon. If the USICS does issue a new I-9, employers need to be on the lookout for some key guideposts. 
 
Look for a new expiration date in the upper right-hand corner. It will likely be three years in the future, meaning summer 2022. But it may be less than that if the USICS is anticipating making other changes to the form in the near future based on policy or immigration-practice changes. 
 
Look for a new effective date in the lower left-hand corner. It will be the date the new form takes effect and will include a “Y” or “N,” which will indicate whether or not an employer may use the current I-9 as well as the new one (Y),  or the only the new one (N).   
 
If there is a new form and it includes an N, make sure to destroy your existing blank I-9 forms so they do not get used accidentally. 
 
AIM members with questions about this or any other HR-related issue may call the AIM Employer Hotline at 1-800-470-6277.
 
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