Employers Must Be Using Revised Form I-9 by Sept. 18, 2017

USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification on July 17.  Employers can begin using this revised version now, and by Sept. 18 all employers must be using the new form with a revision date of 07/17/17.

Employers must continue following existing storage and retention rules for any previously completed Form I-9.


Revisions to the Form I-9 instructions: 

  • The name of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices has been changed to Immigrant and Employee Rights Section.


  • The instructions in Section 2 have been changed to read: “Employers or their authorized representative must complete and sign Section 2 within 3 business days of the employee’s first day of employment.”


Revisions related to the List of Acceptable Documents on Form I-9: 

  • The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) has been added to List C. Employers completing Form I-9 on a computer will be able to select Form FS-240 from the drop-down menus available in List C of Section 2 and Section 3.  E-Verify users will also be able to select Form FS-240 when creating a case for an employee who has presented this document for Form I-9.


  • All the certifications of report of birth issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545, Form DS-1350 and Form FS-240) have been combined into selection C#2 in List C.


  • All List C documents have been renumbered, except the Social Security card, which remains #1 on the list.


These changes can be found in the newly revised Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274) which also will be easier for users to navigate.


The new Form I-9 and instructions for completing the form in English and Spanish are available at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9


If you have any questions about the new Form I-9, please contact us for assistance.


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