USCIS Revises Form I-9
On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of the Form I-9 (version 7/17/17 N). Employers have a 60-day grace period and may begin using the updated form (Rev. 07/17/17 N) immediately or continue using the previous Form I-9 (Rev. 11/14/2016 N) until September 17, 2017. However, effective September 18, 2017, employers must use the updated form for the initial employment verification for all new hires, as well as any applicable employment re-verifications. All prior versions of the Form I-9 will be invalid. The new Form I-9 has an expiration date of August 31, 2019.
The revisions to the Form I-9, and its instructions, are as follows:
- The enforcement agency was updated from the Office of Special Counsel to its new name, the Immigration and Employee Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.
- The Form FS-240, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, was added as a new List C document.
- All certifications of report of birth issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545, Form DS-1350, and Form FS-240) are combined into one selection within List C, resulting in all List C documents (except for the Social Security card) being renumbered.
All these changes are also included in a revised Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274).