Last month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a new version of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form. The Form I-9 is used by employers to verify the identity and employment authorization of all new hires. The new version of the Form I-9 is identified by a revision date of 07/17/17N and must be used no later than September 18, 2017.
The following minor changes contained in the now current version of the Form I-9 are intended to facilitate completion and reduce errors:
- The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) is now a valid List C acceptable document.
- The prior certifications of report of birth issued by the U.S. Department of State (Form FS-545, Form DS-1350 and Form FS-240) are now consolidated in List C.
- All List C documents with the exception of the Social Security Card have been renumbered.
- The U.S. Department of Justice, through its Immigrant and Employee Rights (IER) Section enforces the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Form I-9 instructions now reference the IER rather than the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices.
The changes are also reflected in the most current version of the Handbook for Employers – Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274) which is available online at: https://www.uscis.gov/book/export/html/59502/en.