Form I-9 Comment Period Open - Let Your Voice be Heard

A Form I-9 comment period is open until May 31. Employers, let your voice be heard on compressing the form, simplifying the instructions, and more.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published Federal Register notice 87 FR 18377 to launch a public comment period on Form I-9 that will remain open until May 31, 2022. The current Form I-9 expires on October 31, 2022. As an employer, this is your chance to share your opinion on some suggested changes.  

DHS is proposing Form I‑9 be extended and revised as follows:

  • Compress Sections 1 and 2 from two pages to one page to reduce paper use and storage burden on employers.

  • Change Section 3 to a Reverification and Rehire Supplement that provides three separate areas to enter reverifications and rehires within 3 years of the date of the initial execution of an employee’s Form I‑9. Employers would only print and use the supplement as needed, further reducing paper use and storage burdens on employers.

  • Update the List of Acceptable Documents to include a link to List C documents issued by DHS and the acceptable receipts listed in 8CFR 274a.2(b)(1)(vi)(A-C).

  • Reduce and simplify the instructions from 15 pages to 7 pages, further reducing paper usage.

  • Remove electronic PDF enhancements to ensure that it can be completed on all electronic devices and is not software dependent.

Equifax Workforce Solutions encourages employers to provide their opinions on the proposed changes before the deadline of May 31. If you are looking for assistance with managing I-9s for your organization, take a look at our I-9 Management suite of services, or contact us to learn more. 

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