United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new I-9 Form on July 17, 2017. The new form is ready for use and employers must start using the new form before September 18, 2017. Employers can ensure they are using the new form by checking the revision date at the bottom of the form. The revision date should show 07/17/17.
As many know, Form I-9 is a required document that all employers and employees must complete. By completing the form, the worker certifies his or her work authorization in the United States. The employer verifies the worker’s work authorization and identity documentation.
The new Form I-9 contains several minor changes. Most notably, the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) has now been added to the List of Acceptable Documents that establish work authorization.
In addition to the new Form I-9, USCIS also issued a revised version of its Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9. We highly recommend that all employers maintain a copy of this Handbook for reference when completing the Form I-9. Many common questions are answered in this resource.
To locate the new Form I-9, please visit https://www.uscis.gov/i-9. To download a copy of the Handbook, please visit https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/handbook-employers-m-274.\
While these updates are minor, employers are required to use the correct version of the Form I-9 with their employees. Failure to do so could result in sanctions and fines. Given the current presidential administration’s focus on immigration compliance, it is important that all employers understand the Form I-9 requirements, conduct internal audits to ensure compliance, and have a policy on hand to ensure consistency. For more information on ensuring best practices for Form I-9, please contact Myers Thompson at 612-349-3030.