The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued an alert this week warning employers of a technical glitch in its online system. Specifically, the warning is aimed at any I-9 work authorization forms (Form I-9s) that were completed online and printed between November 14, 2016, to November 19, 2016. USCIS has reason to believe that during this time period, numbers entered in the social security field were somehow scrambled when employees completed and printed the form online.

Lewis Brisbois urges that all employers conduct an internal audit immediately for any employees that completed Form I-9 online between November 14, 2016, to November 19, 2016. In cases where the employer notices that the employee's social security number is transposed incorrectly on Form I-9, please take the following corrective measures by drawing a line through the social security number found in Section 1, entering the correct social security number next to it, and then initialing and dating the change. Finally, employers should also include a written statement with Form I-9 explaining the reason for the correction.

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