Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

Beginning January 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version of the Form I-9 that is dated 11/14/2016 N. Prior to January 22, 2017, employers may use the new version of the Form I-9 or continue to use the version dated 03/08/2013 N.

USCIS implemented changes to the form in an effort to reduce errors, improve computer-generated data population, and streamline certification. Among other changes, the new form contains prompts to ensure information is entered correctly, and contains a dedicated area for including additional information, rather than having to add it in the margins. It also provides helpful abbreviations of the names of documents presented by employees and new hires to complete the form I-9.

To see USCIS’s news release regarding its Form I-9 update, please visit its website