Employers Must Use New Form I-9 Starting Monday

Authored by Diane E. Metzger

Sep 15, 2017

In July 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) once again revised its Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9, which must be used for all new hires and reverification of work authorization for certain current employees. Beginning Sept. 18, all employers must use the new Form I-9 bearing the revision date of 07/17/2017. Any Section 3 Reverifications completed on or after Sept. 18 must also be completed using the new Form I-9.

The latest changes to the Form I-9 are far less significant than the changes made to the form last November. The most notable changes to the newest version of the Form I-9 include the following:

  • Updated the name of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices to its new name, the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER);
  • Added the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) as an acceptable List C document proving employment authorization;
  • Combined all certifications of report of birth issued by the U.S. Department of State (Form FS-545, Form DS-1350, and Form FS-240) into one selection under List C; and
  • Renumbered the List C documents.

Failure to use the proper version of the Form I-9, or to properly complete and retain the Form I-9, can create significant liability for your company, including possible civil fines ranging from $216 to $2,156 per violation for I-9 “paperwork” violations.

If you have any questions regarding the Form I-9 or any other immigration matter, please contact Lowenbaum Law’s Diane Metzger.

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