USCIS Releases Revised Form I-9

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unveiled a revised Form I-9 today, which employers will be able to begin using immediately. The previous version of the form will be acceptable through September 17, after which employers must use the new version.


Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, is the requisite documentation U.S. employers must file for every employee they hire, provided these employees earn remuneration for their work. The form serves to confirm the identity and employment eligibility of workers, whether U.S. citizens or noncitizens, each of whom must provide proof of such via documentation such as passports, driver’s licenses, and employment authorization. Both employers and employees attest to the veracity of employees’ identity and employment eligibility, and employers are required to retain all employees’ I-9s, even for a certain period of time after their employees no longer work for them.

What’s new?

Changes to Form I-9 include an update to the list of acceptable documentation: The new version allows employees to submit Form FS-240, the consular document confirming a U.S. citizen’s birth abroad, for purposes of employment authorization. Additional updates are largely cosmetic, including a basic reformatting and renumbering of lists. Instructions for completing and retaining I-9s will also be revised in an updated Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9. These edits similarly lack substantive departures from the previous edition.

Our Thoughts

While the announced revisions to Form I-9 are by and large inconsequential, employers and their human resource personnel should nonetheless take note of the mandatory use of the new form beginning September 18.

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