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USCIS Revises Form I-9: What’s New?

Author: 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®.

Caroline Tang  (Austin)

Caroline Tang
Caroline Tang is an immigration shareholder in the Austin office of Ogletree Deakins. Her practice is national in scope, and she has spent her entire career representing corporations of all sizes – from start-ups to publicly-held multinational companies – sponsoring foreign national employees, with focus in the technology, engineering, energy, oil and gas, higher education, and consulting industries.Caroline frequently speaks on immigration topics at professional conferences and...