Revised Form I-9 released for use

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By Joy Waltemath

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released its new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers may begin using this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with the revision date 11/14/16 N through September 17, according to a USCIS release. As of September 18, employers must use the revised form, however, which has the revision date of 07/17/17 N.

Revisions. The following revisions are made to the Form I-9 instructions:

The name of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices is changed to its new name, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section.
USCIS removed “the end of” from the phrase “the first day of employment.”

The following revisions were made as to the List of Acceptable Documents on Form I-9:

The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) has been added 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.
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 into selection C #2 in List C.
All List C documents have been renumbered 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.

USCIS included these changes in the revised Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274), which it says is easier for users to navigate.

Document retention. USCIS also reminded employers that they must continue following existing storage and retention rules for any previously completed Form I-9.

Source:: Revised Form I-9 released for use


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