U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new version of and instructions for Form I–9, Employment Eligibility Verification. By September 18, 2017, employers must use only the new version.
Compliance Dates for New Form I–9
The new Form I–9 features a revision date of July 17, 2017 (07/17/17 N). While employers may continue using a Form I–9 with a revision date of November 14, 2016 (11/14/16 N) through September 17, 2017, as of September 18, 2017, employers must use only the new version.
Changes to Form I–9
The following revisions have been made to the List of Acceptable Documents section of the new Form I–9:
- The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) has been added to List C. Employers completing Form I–9 on a computer are now able to select Form FS-240 from the drop-down menus available in List C of Section 2 and Section 3.
- All the certifications of report of birth issued by the U.S. Department of State (Form FS-545, Form DS-1350, and Form FS-240) are now combined into selection C#2 in List C.
- All List C documents have been renumbered except the Social Security card. For example, the employment authorization document issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on List C has changed from List C #8 to List C #7.
Changes to Form I–9 Instructions
The following revisions have been made to the new Form I–9 instructions:
- The phrase “the end of” has been removed from the phrase “the first day of employment.”
- The name of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices has been changed to its new name, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section.
The new Form I–9 and instructions can be downloaded here.
For more information on complying with the employment eligibility verification requirements, please visit our HR360 client section on Form I–9.