Starting May 1, 2020, employers will be required to use the Form I-9 version dated 10/21/2019. Although there are no changes to the paper form beyond the version date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions, the electronic, fillable Form I-9 contains several, minor changes.
Additional Countries of Issuance
The electronic Form I-9 has an additional number of countries that have been added to the “Country of Issuance” drop-down field in Section 1.
Employer Authorized Representative
Clarification has been included to address who can act as an authorized representative for employers in Section 2. Anyone can be designated to act as an authorized representative for employers, but employers will still be held liable for violations committed by designated individuals.
Clarification has been added indicating that a Form I-766 Employment Authorization Document (EAD) is a List A document establishing both identity and work authorization, rather than a List C document establishing work authorization only.
Acceptable Documents Clarification
Writing “N/A” in the unused identity document columns within the acceptable documents section is no longer necessary.
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Kristin A. Crone