USCIS Requires Use of Updated Form I-9

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released an updated version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification on July 17, 2017. The new version will go into effect September 18, 2017. Employers will be required to use the new form when completing the authorization process for individuals hired for employment in the U.S.

Please review the following revisions to Form I-9:

• The new Form I-9 has changed the name of the “Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices” to “Immigrant and Employee Rights Section.”

• The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240) has been added to the List C Acceptable Documents of Form I-9. For E-Verify users, the employer may select Form FS-240 when generating a new case upon following completion of the Form I-9 for an employee.

• All List C Documents were renumbered, except the Social Security card.

• Section I of the instructions for the Form I-9 have been amended to replace the phrase “the end of the employee’s first day of employment” with “no later than the employee’s first day of employment,” when referring to the completion deadline for Section I.

• Modifications have been made to the Handbook for Employers M-274, which include the revisions to List C Acceptable Documents and Form I-9 instructions, in order to enhance user experience. Access the updated handbook here: Handbook for Employers M-274

It is important to remember that by September 18, 2017, all employers must begin using the new version of Form I-9 with revision date 7/17/17 N. This applies to new employees and existing employees with expiring verification documentation. Current storage and retention rules have not changed for completed forms not requiring re-verification.