New I-9 Form

24 Jul New I-9 Form

 NEW I-9 FORM i-9-form-pic

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a new I-9 Form, used to verify employment eligibility, that will be mandatory starting September 18th.

In order to be in compliance with the law, all employers should switch over to the new version now and discard all old versions, as failing to use the new form after the September 18th deadline can result in significant fines.  The new form brings subtle changes designed to make the form easier to navigate and includes changes to the instructions and the list of acceptable documents.

 

Changes to the I-9 instructions include:

  • The name of the Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices has been renamed the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER).
  • The form’s instructions have been modified slightly by removing “the end of” from the phrase “the first day of employment” in reference to section 1. Instructions on section 2 now read “Employers or their authorized representative must complete and sign Section 2 within 3 business days of the employee’s first day of employment.”

Changes to the I-9 List of Acceptable Documents include:

  • The list C documents have been renumbered, except the social security card, which is still #1on the list.
  • The list of acceptable documents now includes Form FS-240, the Consular Report of Birth Abroad, and all of the certifications of report of birth issued by the State Department have been combined.Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced increased fines for I-9 Form violations last year; to avoid fines and stay in compliance, update your form today!

 

To access the new form and instructions, go to: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9

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