• USCIS Releases New Form I-9 and New Handbook for Employers
  • August 4, 2017
  • On July 17, 2017, the USCIS announced the release of a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

    Key information:

    • The revised version may be used immediately, but it must be used no later than September 18, 2017.
    • Employers can continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through September 17, 2017.
    • Employers must continue following existing storage and retention rules for any previously completed Form I-9.

    The changes below also can be found in the newly revised Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274).

    Revisions to the Form I-9 instructions:

    • The name of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) has been changed. Its new name is Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER).
    • The instructions on Section 2 have been slightly changed to read: “Employers or their authorized representative must complete and sign Section 2 within 3 business days of the employee’s first day of employment.”

    Revisions related to the List of Acceptable Documents on Form I-9:

    • The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) was added as a List C document and all the certifications of report of birth issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545, Form DS-1350, and Form FS-240) have been combined.
    • The List C documents have been renumbered, except for the Social Security card, which remains #1 on the list.