New Form I-9: Are You in Compliance?

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  Employers must ensure completion of Form I-9, which is used to verify your employee’s identity and employment authorization.  The form must be completed for each person hired after November 6, 1986.

Failure to comply with Form I-9 employment verification requirements (including completing and retaining Form I-9 correctly) can be costly for an employer.  These may include civil fines, criminal penalties (when there is a pattern or practice of violations), and debarment from government contracts, among other penalties.

What the revised form means for employers

  • Effective September 18, 2017, employers must begin using the newly revised Form I-9 (dated 7/17/17 N)
  • Employers may continue to use the current Form I-9 (dated 7/17/16 N) through September 17, 2017
  • For current employees, if a properly completed Form I-9 is on file, it is not necessary to prepare a new Form I-9

Summary of Form I-9 revisions

  • Minor updates made to instructions
  • Changes made to the List of Acceptable Documents (List C)
  • Updates were made to the Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274)

See https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/ for the updated Form I-9, instructions and the Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9.