Revised Form I-9 Published July 17, 2017
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17, 2017. The revision date can be found in the lower left corner of the form.
Employers may use the previous version (revision date: 11/14/2016 N) through September 17, 2017. After this date, all previous versions of the form will be invalid.
Employers must continue following existing storage and retention rules for any previously completed Form I-9.
REVISIONS TO THE FORM I-9 INSTRUCTIONS
- A change to the name of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices to its new name, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section.
- The removal of "the end of" from the phrase "the first day of employment."
REVISIONS TO THE LIST OF ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTS ON FORM I-9
- Addition of the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) to List C. Employees born overseas to a US citizen parent may possess this document issued by the Department of State. 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.
- Combination of 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.
- All List C documents are renumbered 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.
These changes are included in a revised Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274).
COMPLETING THE FORM I-9
We encourage you to always use the paper version and forego using the electronic version because the electronic version may communicate your I-9 efforts directly with the USCIS, which is never desirable. Both paper and electronic versions can be accessed by downloading them from the USCIS website at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9 on the I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification page.