Beginning on September 18, 2017, employers must begin using the newly issued I-9 form (issued on 7/17/17). Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made the following changes to this version of the I-9 form:
- Added the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) as an acceptable List C document;
- Combines the various certifications of report of birth issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545, Form DS-1350 and Form FS-240) into selection C#2 of List C; and
- Re-numbered all List C documents except the Social Security card.
As always, it is very important that all original I-9 forms be retained for three years after the date of hire, or one year after the date employment ends, whichever is later. It is a best practice to retain these forms in a separate binder and not in the employee personnel file.
Please contact us if you need a copy of the new I-9 form or any guidance with I-9 best practices.