Heads-up: there’s a new version of Form I-9, and your company will be required to use it starting September 18th. Form I-9, titled Employment Eligibility Verification, ensures that an individual is authorized for employment in the United States. It applies to citizens and noncitizens alike.
The revised form (PDF), which was published by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services on July 17, contains changes to language in the form’s instructions, as well as the List of Acceptable Documents. Updates include the following:
- “The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices” (OSC) has been changed to “The Immigrant and Employee Rights Section” (IER), reflecting the office’s new name.
- Instructions in Section 1 have omitted a few key words, and now state that the form must be completed “no later than the first day of employment,” rather than “no later than the end of the first day of employment.”
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) is now an acceptable document for List C.
- All Department of State birth reports have been combined into one List C section.
- List C documents have different numbering than before.
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