Federal immigration officials seek input on changes to worker verification forms

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services opened a public comment period March 27 on revisions to the I-9 employment eligibility verification form, which is used to verify newly hired employees’ identities and whether they are authorized to work in the U.S.

Employers are required to complete an I-9 for every new employee they hire.

The 60-day public comment period will close May 29. The current form of the I-9 has been posted in Citizenship and Immigration Services’ online I-9 resource center at www.uscis.gov/I-9central.

Key revisions include: an expanded set of I-9 instructions with a revised layout, optional data fields to collect new employees’ email addresses and phone numbers, and data fields to collect foreign passport numbers and countries of passport issuance.

Only noncitizens authorized to work in the U.S. who have also recorded their I-94 number on their I-9 will have to provide their foreign passport number and country of issuance.

Comments on revisions to form can be made at www.regulations.gov.

Immigration officials will post information regarding the revised form once it is finalized on the resource center website.

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