On January 31, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new Form I-9. Although the form is dated 10/21/2019, this is the form you should be using. USCIS is allowing employers a three-month grace period during which the old form (dated 7/17/2017) may be used. By May 1, 2020, only the new form can be used. The prior version of the Form I-9 may be used until April 30, 2020.

Form I-9 Revisions

  • Revised the Country of Issuance field in Section 1 and the Issuing Authority field (when selecting a foreign passport) in Section 2 to add Eswatini and Macedonia, North per those countries’ recent name changes. This change is only visible when completing the fillable Form I-9 on a computer.
  • Clarified who can act as an authorized representative on behalf of an employer
  • Updated USCIS website addresses
  • Provided clarifications on acceptable documents for Form I-9
  • Updated the process for requesting a paper Form I-9
  • Updated the DHS Privacy Notice

Maryland Bans the Box Update

Effective February 29, 2020, Maryland employers with 15 or more full-time employees will be prohibited from asking applicants about their criminal history prior to an in-person interview, unless required by state or federal law or the employer provides services or direct care to minors or vulnerable populations. Employers may ask about an applicant’s criminal history during the first in-person interview or any time thereafter. Because of this, Maryland employers must make sure that their applications for employment do not ask about criminal history and that those individuals conducting initial phone screens are aware of this prohibition.