USCIS has recently announced that there was a glitch when the revised Form I-9 was first published on Nov. 14, 2016. Numbers entered in the Social Security number field were transposed when employees completed and printed Section 1 using a computer.
Employers using a Form I-9 that contains this glitch should download and save a new Form I-9 at uscis.gov/i-9.
If you used Form I-9, that you downloaded between Nov. 14 and Nov. 17, 2016 from the USCIS website, review them to ensure your employees’ Social Security numbers appear correctly in Section 1.
Employers who notice their employees’ Social Security numbers are not written correctly should have their employees draw a line through the transposed Social Security number in Section 1, enter the correct Social Security number, and then initial and date the change. Employers should include a written explanation with Form I-9 about why the correction was made in the event of an audit.
USCIS immediately repaired and reposted the form on Nov. 17, 2016.
Employers using web-based Form I-9 and E-Verify software solutions offered by I-9 Advantage should not be concerned about the glitch, and may also consider using I-9 Medic, a solution to convert existing paper based I-9s to digital format and accurately correct forms to ensure complete compliance in the event of an audit.