The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers can now begin using this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through September 17, 2017.
After September 17, 2017, employers MUST use the revised form with a revision date of 07/17/17 N. Employers must continue following existing storage and retention rules for any previously completed Form I-9.
The following is a list of the revisions that were made to the Form I-9 (Rev. 07/17/17 N):
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 Sections 2 and 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 changed from List C #8 to List C #7.
These changes were also added to the revised Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274). For a refresher on completing this required form, watch our short video on How to Complete an I-9 Form, available from MRA’s free E-Learning Library.
Source: uscis.gov; Lynell Meeth, HR Business Advisor, MRA – The Management Association