USCIS to publish a revised and improved Form I-9 including an alternative procedure for remote examination of I-9 documents

USCIS will publish a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification on August 1, 2023. The new Form I-9 will be fillable on tablets or mobile devices and allow employers enrolled in E-Verify to indicate that they remotely examined identity and employment authorization documents under a new alternative procedure.

To participate in the remote examination of Form I-9 documents under the alternative procedure, employers must:

  • Be enrolled in E-Verify;
  • Examine and retain copies of all documents;
  • Conduct a live video interaction with the employee; and
  • Create an E-Verify case if the employee is a new hire.

Employers who were participating in E-Verify and created a case for employees whose documents were examined during COVID-19 flexibilities (March 20, 2020 to July 31, 2023), may choose to use the new alternative procedure starting on August 1, 2023 to satisfy the physical document examination requirement by August 30, 2023.

Employers who were not enrolled in E-Verify during the COVID-19 flexibilities must complete an in-person physical examination by August 30, 2023.

Other improvements to Form I-9 include a general streamlining and shortening of the form and its instructions pages, a revision of the List of Acceptable Documents page to include some acceptable receipts, and guidance and links to information on automatic extensions of employment authorization documentation.

The revised Form I-9 (edition date 08/01/23) will be published on on August 1, 2023. Employers can use the current Form I-9 (edition date 10/21/19) through October 31, 2023. Starting November 1, 2023, all employers must use the new Form I-9.

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