New I-9 Form Required By September 18, 2017

July, 2017


By Jenna Reed, JD, MBA, General Counsel and Director of Compliance Services
Cascade Employers Association
jreed@cascadeemployers.com

Earlier this week the USCIS announced and published an updated I-9 Form that will be required to be used by employers by September 18, 2017. While employers can continue using the old form until September 17, using the updated form now is also permissible.

Although relatively minor, the changes to the instructions include:

  • The name of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices changed to its new name, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section.
  • In regards to when employers must complete their portion of the I-9 Form, the phrase “the end of the first day of employment” was changed to “the first day of employment.”

Changes to the list of acceptable documents include:

  • The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) was added to List C.
  • All of the certifications of report of birth issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545, Form DS-1350 and Form FS-240) were combined into selection C#2 in List C.
  • All List C documents were renumbered 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.

The USCIS also updated its Employer Handbook to reflect these changes.

If you have any questions about the new form or your I-9s please do not hesitate to contact us. We’re happy to help.

 

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