Changes to the Form I-9 may be around the corner, but the current form just got an eleventh hour reprieve from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Those with a keen eye will notice the March 31, 2016 expiration date listed in the top right corner of the current Form I-9. On March 28, the USCIS issued a notice instructing employers to continue using the existing form until further notice. The agency also announced that it was reopening comments for a proposed new version of the form, first introduced last November.
The proposed version would include “smart fields” that would automatically detect errors as employees fill out the form.
The full proposal has been posted to the Federal Register and is open for public comment until April 27. At press time, the document had garnered over 300 responses. After the comment period ends, the USCIS will review feedback and release a final version of the Form I-9.