USCIS & DHS New I-9 Form and Alternative Remote Inspection Option

August 17th, 2023 | Chris Christian, Director of Compliance

USCIS Issues New Form I-9 Form

On July 21, 2023 the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers must use Form I-9 to verify the identity and employment authorization of their employees. USCIS made significant changes to the form and its instructions, among the changes to the form is a checkbox employers enrolled in E-Verify can use to indicate they remotely examined identity and employment authorization documents under an alternative procedure authorized by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  The new Form I-9 is available for use beginning August 1, 2023. The prior version of Form I-9 (Rev. 10/21/19) continues to be effective through October 31, 2023.

DHS Provides Employers Certainty and a New Flexible Option for Employment Eligibility Verification 

On July 21, 2023 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule effective August 1, 2023, to allow employers who participate in E-Verify and are in good standing will have the option to conduct verification electronically and with a live video call interaction. Employers may continue to conduct physical examinations. Employers who wish to use the new remote procedure may enroll in E-Verify.

Employers who do not participate in E-Verify have until August 30, 2023, to perform all required physical examination of identity and employment authorization documents for those individuals hired on or after March 20, 2020, and who have received only a virtual or remote examination under the COVID-19 temporary flexibilities.

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