Every employer in the United States, including those who wish to hire noncitizens, must fill out and submit Form I-9, the Employment Eligibility Verification sheet. In January, the government began requiring U.S. employers and prospective employees to use an updated form, invalidating previous versions. While this document is not specifically geared toward immigration law, businesses that file visa petitions should take note of the change.
I-9 Form Revisions
The primary purpose of changing the form is to make it easier to fill out on a computer because an increasing number of employers are using digital resources to boost the efficiency of their recordkeeping. Recent alterations to Form I-9 include drop-down menus and calendars for entering dates, the option to enter multiple preparers, and additional fields for entering required information not expressly requested on the form. Changes to Section 1 should streamline the certification process for foreign nationals dramatically. On-screen instructions and prompts will reduce mistakes that could result in a delay or rejection.
Efficient Tracking for Immigration Law Officials
When printed, the new forms automatically generate a unique QR code that can be read by any reader on the market. By taking advantage of the latest technology, the new form allows employers and immigration law authorities to track applications quickly and accurately, reducing avoidable errors and delays. While the form is easier to use, employers who submit petitions for foreign nationals should contact an immigration attorney if they have questions about the process.
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