New I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form Announced by USCIS

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) announced on July 17, 2017 that it has released a newly revised Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form. Federal law requires all employers to complete a Form I-9 for each individual hired for employment in the United States.

Employers can begin using the revised version of the Form I-9 now, or continue to use the previous version of the form (11/14/16 rev. date). However, as of September 18, 2017, only the new Form I-9 will be acceptable.

The USCIS has published a revised Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 which is intended to assist employers in understanding and complying with the new Form I-9. Among the revisions that the USCIS made to the Form I-9 are changes to the List of Acceptable Documents for the Form I-9, including:

  • Adding the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) to List C;
  • Combining all certifications of report of birth issued by the Department of State (Forms FS-545, DS-1350, and FS-240) into selection C #2 in List C; and
  • Renumbering all List C documents except the Social Security card.

Employers do not need to complete a new Form I-9 for any current employee with a properly completed Form I-9 already on file, unless re-verification is applicable.

Additional information is available at https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/revised-form-i-9-now-availab