Proposed I-9 Changes May Reduce Errors

Last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new draft Form I-9 for verifying work eligibility in the U.S. According to USCIS, the proposed changes should reduce technical errors and help users complete the form after downloading it from the agency’s website. The proposed changes to the form include:

  •  Checking certain fields to ensure information is entered correctly;
  •  Providing additional spaces to enter multiple preparers and translators;
  •  Providing drop-down lists and calendars;
  •  Providing instructions on the screen that users can access to complete each field;
  •  Including buttons allowing users to access the instructions electronically, print the form, and clear the form to start over;
  •  Providing a dedicated area to enter additional information that employers currently have to enter in the margins of the form; and
  •  Generating a quick-response matrix barcode, or QR code, once the form is printed, that can be used to streamline audit processes.

More information can be accessed here. To submit a comment, enter USCIS-2006-0068 in the search box and click the “Comment Now!” button. After completing all the necessary fields, click “Submit Comment.”