USCIS Releases New Form I-9 and Permits Remote Verification for E-Verify Employers

August 9, 2023
Insights for Employers

Effective August 1, 2023, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduced a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new version contains changes to the form and instructions, reducing the length of the Form I-9 to one page and the instructions to eight pages. 

What Form I-9 Versions May Employers Use?

Employers are allowed to begin using the new Form I-9 on August 1, 2023, and must the new Form I-9, dated "08/01/2023" starting on November 1, 2023. The Form I-9 dated "10/29/2019" may continue to be used by employers through October 31, 2023. The version date can be found in the lower left corner of the form. 

Who Is Eligible To Use Remote Verification?

In order to qualify for remote verification, which USCIS is calling the "alternative procedure" for I-9 verification, the following conditions must be met:

New E-Verify employers and any users who manage and create cases must complete an E-Verify tutorial—free and accessible as part of the enrollment process—that includes fraud awareness and anti-discrimination training.

If a company is an existing E-Verify employer, it should have already gone through the training and will not be required to complete the training again.

How Has the Form I-9 Changed?

Form I-9 changes include the following:

View a full summary of the changes to the Form I-9 and instructions (PDF)