On November 24th the USCIS announced, in the FEDERAL REGISTER, proposed changes to the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9.

Many of the proposed changes to Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 are intended to help reduce “technical errors” and to help customers complete the Form on their computer after they have downloaded it from the USCIS website at Here are some of the ways that the Form will be changing:

1. The Form will have a system in place that checks certain fields to ensure information is entered correctly;

2. The Form provides additional space to enter multiple preparers and translators;

3. The Form will include a drop-down lists and calendar;

4. The Form will provide instructions on the screen that users can access to complete each field;

5. The Form will include buttons that will allow users to access the instructions electronically, print the form and clear the form to start over;

6. The Form will provide a dedicated area to enter additional information that employers are currently required to notate in the margins of the form;

7. The Form will generate a quick-response matrix bar code, or QR code, once the form is printed which is to be used to streamline audit processes;

8. Requiring employees to provide only other “last names” used in Section 1, rather than all other names used;

9. Streamlining the certification in Section 1 for certain foreign nationals; and

10. Separating the instructions from the Form to bring the Form in-line with USCIS’ practices.

The public can provide comments on the proposed changes for 60 days, until January 25, 2015. For any assistance with Form I-9 compliance issues or to assist you or your HR staff with an audit, please feel free to contact the Immigration and Nationality Lawyers at the NPZ Law Group at 201-670-0006 (x107) or you can feel free to e-mail to us directly at