USCIS Form I-9 Revisions Coming This September

 

The USCIS has a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification that has been now been released. As of September 17, 2017, employers must use the revised form showing the revision date of 07/17/17N. Until then, employers can continue to use the previous version dated 11/14/2016N, or the new version.

Background Decision is working with our technology partners to finalize the programming and testing required for the release of this revised electronic Form I-9 (version 07/17/17 N). This programming will be completed well in advance of the September 17th, 2017 deadline.

Revisions to the Form I-9 Include:

  • Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices is now the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section.

 

  • Removed “the end of” from the phrase “the first day of employment.”

 

  • Addition of the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) to List C. Employers completing Form I-9 on a computer will be able to select Form FS-240 from the drop-down menus available in List C of Sections 2 and 3. E-Verify users will also be able to select Form FS-240 when creating a case for an employee who has presented this document for Form I-9.

 

  • All certifications of report of birth issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545, Form DS-1350, and Form FS-240) have been combined into selection C #2 in List C.

 

  • All List C documents were renumbered except the Social Security card. For example, the employment authorization document issued by the Department of Homeland Security on List C changed from List C #8 to List C #7.

 

These changes are included in the revised Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274), which is also easier for users to navigate. Some sections have been reorganized and consolidated to improve the flow and readability of the information. To assist you in identifying the updates, the revised manual includes a Table of Changes.

 

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Haiti

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for beneficiaries of TPS under the designation of Haiti. This 6-month extension is from July 23, 2017, through Jan. 22, 2018. Current beneficiaries of Haiti’s TPS designation who want to maintain their TPS must have re-registered by July 24, 2017. To auto-extend the validity of their employment authorization document (EAD), they must also apply and pay (or obtain a fee waiver) for a new EAD. For employer guidance, visit I-9 Central’s Temporary Protected Status page.