New Form I-9 Released for Use in September

On July 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued an updated version of Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification. Under federal law, every employer that recruits, refers for a fee, or hires an individual for employment in the U.S. must complete a Form I-9.

The updated form replaces a version issued in 2016. Employers can continue using the 2016 form until September 17, 2017, but must transition to exclusive use of the 2017 Form I-9 by September 18, 2017. The new form expires on August 31, 2019. Employers can download the 2017 Form I-9 from the USCIS website.

The changes made by USCIS include revisions to the instructions and list of acceptable documents.

Revisions to Instructions:

  • USCIS changed the name of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices to its new name: Immigrant and Employee Rights Section.
  • USCIS removed “the end of” from the phrase “the first day of employment.”

Revisions to List of Acceptable Documents:

  • USCIS 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.
  • USCIS 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.
  • USCIS 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.

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