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Form I-9 FAQs: Understanding the Latest Changes

Discover answers to commonly asked questions about the Form I-9 changes in this article.

  • Q: What changes are being made to the Form I-9? 

    A: The new Form I-9 is now more streamlined and allows for new alternative document examination procedures. The changes include reducing Sections 1 and 2 to a single-sided sheet, making it fillable on tablets and mobile devices, moving certain sections to standalone supplements, and adding a checkbox for remote document examination. 

  • Q: When do the changes to Form I-9 take effect, and can I still use the current version? 

    A: The new version of Form I-9 becomes effective on August 1, 2023. Employers can continue using the current version until October 31, 2023. However, starting November 1, 2023, all employers must use the new Form I-9 for verifying their employees' eligibility to work in the United States. 
  • Q: Which employers are eligible for remote verification under the new I-9? 

    A: Employers already enrolled and in good standing in E-Verify are eligible for remote verification under the new I-9. 
  • Q: What are the steps for remote verification? 

    A: To perform remote verification, eligible employers must follow these steps: 
    1. Retain copies of all documents 
    2. Conduct a live video interaction with the employee 
    3. Create an E-Verify case if the employee is a new hire 
  • Q: Are these changes related to the end of the temporary COVID flexibilities that were announced earlier this year? 

    A: Yes. Employers who were participating in E-Verify during the COVID-19 flexibilities can choose to use the new alternative procedure to satisfy the physical document examination requirement by August 30, 2023.