Be Prepared to Use New I-9 Form in September

September 1, 2017

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17, 2017. Employers can use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through Sept. 17, 2017. On Sept. 18, 2017, all employers must use the revised form with a revision date of 07/17/17 N. Employers must continue following existing storage and retention rules for any previously completed Form I-9.

The new version of the form includes revisions to the list of acceptable documents that can be presented by an employee to verify identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. In order to avoid potential discrimination claims, employers are advised to carefully adhere to the list of acceptable documents on the most updated Form I-9, and not to provide any instructions to employees, other than those included with the form, about which documents to provide. USCIS also included these changes in a revised Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274), which is available for download through the USCIS website.