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Reminder: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ New Digital Form I-9 Has Taken Effect

January 23, 2017

As of Jan. 22, 2017, employers are now required to switch over to the revised Form I-9 for all newly hired employees. This new “smart” Form I-9 can be downloaded at

Employer representatives overseeing the employment eligibility and verification process must ensure that the new Form I-9 with the revision date of Nov. 14, 2016 is used for all new hires going forward. When completing the new Form I-9 online, required fields with missing or incorrectly formatted information will be now be flagged for completion. The form also offers drop-down menus and a designated blank space to explain unusual circumstances that before could only be written in the margins. All other employer requirements to timely complete, store and retain the Forms I-9 remain unchanged.

Along with the new “smart” Form I-9 taking effect, employers should also be aware of a few practice pointers that may clarify some common questions about this new process. 

Employers with any questions about the revised forms, or the Form I-9 in general, should contact their Miller Canfield attorney for guidance.