Beginning on September 18, 2017, all employers must use a revised Form I-9, which was just published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The new Form I-9 has a revision date in the bottom left-hand corner of “07/17/17 N” and is available at: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9.
The new Form I-9 updates the reference to the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices to reflect the Office’s new name, the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section. Further, the Form amends the list of acceptable documents to add Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) as a valid List C document and combines other acceptable List C certifications of report of birth, including Form FS-545, Form DS-1350, and Form FS-240. List C documents have also been renumbered in the new Form.
Like the previously revised version of Form I-9, this new Form allows space for the provision of “additional information” in Section 2 and makes it easier to complete the Form electronically given its drop-down lists and prompts. Further, it moves Section 3 for Reverification and Rehires to a new page, which is separate and apart from Section 2.
Remember that all U.S. employers must complete Form I-9 for each and every employee hired after November 6, 1986, including noncitizens. The completion of this Form includes the verification of an employee’s identity and work authorization.
Please contact us with any questions about the completion and retention of Form I-9.
Maryjo Pirages is an associate attorney of the firm and a member of the Employment & Labor Law, Trusts & Estates, and Corporate & Business Groups. Maryjo counsels and represents employers in a range of employment matters, including statutory and administrative regulations compliance, contracts, and employee handbooks and policies. Maryjo’s goal is to work hand-in-hand with employers so that they may proactively implement and stay up-to-date with their policies in order to limit their liability and exposure. Additionally, she assists individuals and families in their estate planning and administration.