Summary of Changes to Employer I-9 Form

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has released the minutes of a recent stakeholder teleconference, discussing the redesign of the Form I-9. As of May 7, 2013, all employers are required to use this updated version of the form, which can be found online at

The text of the stakeholder minutes and executive summary can be found here.

Changes include:

  • Clearer instructions;
  • Adoption of a one column format;
  • Renaming the “Maiden Name” field to “Other Names Used (if any)” field.
  • New drop-down boxes in the electronic PDF version of the form;
  • Optional fields in Section 1 to collect the employee’s email address and telephone number;
  • Additional, required fields in Section 1 to collect the employee’s foreign passport number and country of issuance if the employee is providing an I-94 admission number;
  • An employee name field on page two of the form;
  • Additional fields added to List A to accommodate situations where an employee presents a combination of documents to satisfy the List A requirement; and
  • A separation of the former “Business Name and Address” field into two fields: “Employer’s Business Name” and “Employer’s Business Address.”

For more information on the new Form I-9, download the updated Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing Form I-9.