New Form I-9 Released

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new Form I-9 on July 17, 2017. This new version of I-9 bears the 07/17/2017N revision date with an expiration date of 08/31/2019. Employers may continue to use the 11/14/2016N version until September 17, 2017, but must start using the 07/17/2017N version on September 18, 2017.

USCIS made some changes to the Form I-9 and its instructions. The changes include:

  • Changing the name of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices to its new name, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section, on p. 1 of the Instructions.
  • Removing “the end of” from the phrase “the first day of employment” under Presenting Form I-9 Documents on p. 5 of the Instructions, and under Completing Section 2: Employer or Authorized Representative Review and Verification on p. 6 of the Instructions.
  • Combining List C Item 2, Certification of Birth Abroad (FS-545), and Item 3, Certification of Report of Birth (DS-1350), in the Lists of Acceptable Documents, and adding the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240). All three of these documents are now listed as Item 2.
  • Renumbering List C Item 8, Employment authorization document issued by the Department of Homeland Security to Item 7.

USCIS also revised and released the Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing For I-9 (M-274) reflecting these changes. The format of the Handbook has also changed for easier access.