Starting August 22, U.S. employers will be able to complete, sign, scan and store Form I-9 electronically. A new ruling passed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also states that employers must complete Form I-9 within three business (not calendar) days of the date the employee is hired.

Employers must retain audit trails when Form I-9 is created, completed, updated or modified, but not each time the form is viewed. Employers may use paper, electronic systems or a combination of paper and electronic systems. Further, employers may change electronic storage systems as long as the systems meet the performance standards set forth in the rule.

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