Effective September 18, 2017: New I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form

Effective September 18, 2017: New I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form

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The I-9 Form is used to verify employment eligibility and is required for all employees.  The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published an updated version in July.  Employers must use this new form effective Monday, September 18, 2017.


This latest form has minor changes:
  • Subtle changes to the instructions and the list of acceptable documents
  • List C documents are renumbered (except the Social Security card)
  • State Department issued birth certificates compiled into selection C#2 in List C
  • Streamlining the certification process for certain foreign nationals
  • Newly added Consular Report of Birth Abroad Form FS-240 (issued to certain employees born overseas to a U.S. citizen parent)


While the changes are minor, significant fines result when an employer fails to use the new version dated 7/17/17.  Please recycle any prior blank forms and ensure that your hiring and onboarding teams are using the new form (link below) effective Monday, September 18, 2017.

For more details on the new I-9 form, instructions, and eligibility verification information, click here.


Source:  USCIS Issues New Form I-9 by Roy Maurer, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

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Mandy has over 15 years experience working with public accounting firms in the areas of training, career development, compensation, and recruiting. She shares her knowledge and insights on labor regulations and upcoming changes with her colleagues and the Firm’s clients. Read Mandy’s HR insights on our blog.

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