Federal law requires that every employer who recruits, refers for a fee, or hires an individual for employment in the U.S. must complete Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.
We would like to remind clients that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released an updated Form I-9 on July 17, 2017. Through September 17, 2017, employers may use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N. Beginning September 18, 2017, employers must use the revised form with a revision date of 07/17/17 N. Employers must continue following existing storage and retention rules for any previously completed Form I-9.
USCIS implemented changes to Form I-9 earlier this year in an effort to reduce errors, improve computer-generated data population, and streamline certification. The latest version of the form includes updates to the instructions, as well as an updated list of acceptable documents that may be presented for inspection and completion of Form I-9. USCIS is conducting a free Form I-9 Stakeholder Teleconference on September 13, 2017. Those who wish to listen to the teleconference should register with USCIS Customer Service & Public Engagement Directorate Subscription Service for this and any other USCIS-hosted events.
Please also note that USCIS recently published an updated M-274 Handbook for Employers. Guidance for Completing Form I-9. In addition to the upcoming Stakeholder teleconference, employers may refer to the M-274 for detailed information regarding completion of Form I-9.
You may also wish to visit USCIS’s I-9 Central Web page for additional information. Mintz Levin’s attorneys stand ready to assist our clients with any questions regarding the new Form I-9.