New Form I-9 Released July 17, 2017--Must Be Used By September 18, 2017
USCIS released a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verrtification, dated 07/17/2017. Employers must start using this new version of Form I-9 by September 18, 2017. The new Form I-9 has a few minor technical changes and revises the List of Acceptable Documents in List C.
New Version of Form I-9 Released, 07/17/2017USCIS published a new Form I-9 dated 07/17/2017 that employers must start using by September 18, 2017. The new I-9 Form, (Employment Eligibility Verification form), is dated 07/17/17 in the lower left corner, and it replaces a version dated 11/14/2016. (yes, the new I-9 Form replaces a version just released last November!) Following a two-month grace period, you must start using the new I-9 by Sept. 18.
The Form I-9 was introduced in 1986 to help employers comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). IRCA prohibits employers from hiring people, including U.S. citizens, for employment in the United States without verifying their identity and employment authorization on Form I-9. Every employer who recruits, refers for a fee, or hires an individual for employment in the U.S. must complete a Form I-9.
Employers should take notice that in June 2017, DHS announced hiring 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to focus on civil and criminal investigations--a move that could triple the number of I-9 workplace audits conducted by the agency.
Basic Changes in the New Form I-9USCIS makes available Form I-9 in the interactive PDF format that contains all the "smart I-9" features that were unveiled in the 11/14/2016 version of Form I-9.
The changes to this new version are a few minor changes to acceptable documents and other technical changes.
o 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.
o The new Form I-9 removes "the end of" from the phrase "the first day of employment," in reference to completing Section 1.Presumably, this change was made to ensure consistency with the regulations which indicate that Section 1 must be completed 'at the time of hire,' without any reference to the time of day." In other words, Section 1 is completed no later than when the employee starts work for pay."
Revisions related to the I-9's List of Acceptable Documents:
o 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.
o 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.
o 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.