New Form I-9 Effective September 2017
On July 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued an updated version of Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9). The updated form replaces a version that was issued in 2016. While employers may continue using the current form until September 17, 2017, a transition to exclusive use of the updated form is expected by September 18, 2017.
The changes made by USCIS include subtle revisions to the instructions and to the list of acceptable documents:
- Removed “the end of” from the phrase “the first day of employment” in Section 1, indicating that Section 1 must be completed at the time of hire.
- Changed the name of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices to its new name, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section.
- Added the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) to List C.
- Combined all the certifications of report of birth issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545, Form DS-1350 and Form FS-240) in List C.
- Renumbered all List C documents except the Social Security card.
There have been no changes to the current storage and retention rules.
About Form I-9
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) requires an employer to verify a potential employee’s eligibility to work in the United States by completing the Form I-9. By completing Form I-9, the employer is certifying that it has viewed documents proving that the potential employee is authorized to live and work in the United States. All employees are asked to provide original documents verifying their right to work in the United States and to sign a verification form.
Additional information is available on the USCIS website.