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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new version of its Form I-9 on July 17. This form is required to verify employee eligibility to work in the United States.

The previous version, with a revision date of 11/14/16, can be used until September 17, 2017. Effective September 18, the newest version of Form I-9 must be used for new employees and for reverifications of employment.

Changes to the form include the Form I-9 instructions and the list of acceptable documents. The changes are also included in the Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9.

Highlighted Revisions

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.”

Form I-9 List of Acceptable Documents

  • 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.
  • 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 will change from List C #8 to List C #7.

As this new version has the same expiration date (8/31/19) indicated at the top as the previous version, employers should ensure they are using the newest version with the date of 7/17/17 that appears in the lower left corner of the form.

Download Forms & Guide

The new form and the employer guide can be downloaded below.

Form I-9Employment Eligibility Verification

Handbook for EmployersGuidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274)

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