USCIS releases updated I-9 Form
July 17, 2017
The USCIS released today an updated version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification which all U.S. employers are required to complete on behalf of employees hired in the U.S. The USCIS announced it will continue to accept the prior version of the Form I-9 only through September 17. It will also accept the version released today starting immediately. As of September 18, only the version released today will be accepted.
The USCIS also updated the Handbook for Employers to reflect the updates to Form I-9 and announced some navigation enhancements to the Handbook.
Revisions to the Form I-9 instructions:
- Changed the name of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices to its new name, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section.
- Removed “the end of” from the phrase “the first day of employment.”
Revisions related to the List of Acceptable Documents on Form I-9:
- Added the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) to List C. Employers completing Form I-9 on a computer will be able to select Form FS-240 from the drop-down menus available in List C of Section 2 and Section 3. E-Verify users will also be able to select Form FS-240 when creating a case for an employee who has presented this document for Form I-9.
- Combined all the certifications of report of birth issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545, Form DS-1350 and Form FS-240) into selection C#2 in List C.
- Renumbered all List C documents except the Social Security card. For example, the employment authorization document issued by the Department of Homeland Security on List C will change from List C #8 to List C #7.
If you have any questions about employer obligations for completing, storing, reverifying and retaining I-9 forms, please contact Weaver Schenger LLP.