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USCIS Revises Form I-9: What’s New?

Authors: Federico Muñoz (Austin), Caroline Tang (Austin)

Published Date: July 19, 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new edition of the I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form on July 17, 2017. Employers may now use the revised version, dated 07/17/17 N, or continue using the Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through September 17, 2017. On September 18, 2017, the 07/17/17 N edition of the Form I-9 will become mandatory. Employers must also continue to follow existing storage and retention rules for any previously completed Forms I-9.

Form I-9 is used by employers to verify the identity and employment authorization of citizens and noncitizens. All U.S. employers must ensure proper completion of Form I-9 for each individual hired, and employees must attest to their employment authorization by presenting acceptable documents evidencing their identity. The changes in the 07/17/17 N version of the form are somewhat modest, reflecting a handful of new updates, and are intended to reduce completion errors.

The revised Form I-9 instructions reflect the name change of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices to the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section. Revisions related to the List of Acceptable Documents in List C include adding the Consular Report of Birth Abroad, combining all the certifications of report of birth issued by the Department of State, and renumbering all List C documents except for the Social Security card. 

USCIS has included these changes in the Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274). Each of these changes is also tracked in Ogletree Deakins’ automated Form I-9 and E-Verify web-based compliance solution, I-9 Secure®.

Federico Muñoz  (Austin)

Federico Munoz
Federico Muñoz joined the Austin office of Ogletree in October 2016 as an Associate. His practice focuses on a full range of corporate immigration matters for employers in a variety of industries. He assists companies in securing employment visas on behalf of foreign national workers in the U.S. He has worked directly with candidates, recruiters, employees, managers, and in-house immigration counsel to prepare appropriate immigration cases. He has extensive experience preparing and filing...

Caroline Tang  (Austin)

Caroline Tang
Caroline Tang practices in the Austin office of Ogletree Deakins. She has spent her entire career representing multinational corporations sponsoring foreign national employees, with a focus in the technology, engineering, telecommunications, and consulting industries. Caroline offers in-depth experience and extensive expertise in: Advising Fortune 500 corporations on immigration issues arising from corporate restructuring;Developing business immigration strategies to handle workforce...