On July 17, 2017, USCIS issued a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. As of September 18, 2017, only the version marked “07/17/17 N” can be used. Form I-9 makes a record of an employee’s identity and employment verification. It remains the employer’s responsibility to create and maintain an I-9 record for each employee.

The new edition made only a few changes to the form. USCIS revised List C documents to add the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) to establish work authorization. USCIS also combined all the certifications of report of birth issued by the U.S. Department of State (Forms FS-545, DS-1350, and FS-240) into one category in List C. The agency also renumbered all List C documents except the Social Security card. In the I-9 instructions, USCIS changed the name of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices to its new name, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section.

Employers should continue their regular storage and verification processes. Failure to comply with I-9 requirements can lead to civil fines, discrimination charges, and loss of government contracts. For more information, please visit the USCIS Form I-9 website (https://www.uscis.gov/i-9), Form I-9 Central (https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central) and the USCIS Handbook for Employers (https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/handbook-employers-m-274).