USCIS Solicts More Comments on Proposed Revised Form I-9

On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") announced that it is seeking comments on possible changes to the Form I-9 after making additional updates to the proposed form, including drop-down lists and extra spaces for entering more than one translator/preparer. USCIS said the public will not have another 30 days to provide comments on the suggested changes, setting the deadline at April 27, 2016. USCIS published the 30-day notice in the Federal Register on Monday, March 28, 2016. The new changes come several months after USCIS alerted the public to proposed updates for the Form I-9, which is used to confirm an employee's identity and work authorization. Although proposed changes for the form included "smart" features aimed at reducing errors, experts argued the government should provide more clarification as to how to complete the digital form. USCIS said that it made additional improvements to the form in response to the comments it received during the initial 60 day comment period. Changes to the form include extra spaces to plug-in multiple translators or preparers, embedded directions for finishing each field and drop-down lists. USCIS said that after the new 30-day period is over, the agency may make even more updates to the form. The Office of Management and Budget will also review the so-called "information collection" for approval, and one approved, the agency will post the new form. Of course, we will post a blog when the new Form I-9 is released.
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