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USCIS to Release another Version of the Form I-9

Memorandum And Important Alert

To: Valued I-9 & E-Verify Web Services Client
From: Sherion R. Page, Regulatory Compliance Manager Theresa Preg, Sr. Director Product Services
Dated: July 14, 2017

In Re: USCIS to Release another Version of the Form I-9

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will release a revised version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification form on Monday, July 17, 2017. Employers will be able to continue using the current version of the Form I-9 with the revision date 11/14/19 N through September 17, 2017; however by September 18, 2017 all employers must use the revised form I-9 with the revision date of 07/17/17 N.

The Form I-9 has been revised due to the new International Entrepreneur Final Rule published January 17, 2017. Under this new rule, foreign entrepreneurs will be allowed to start their business in the U.S. under certain specific regulations.

Part of the new International Entrepreneur Rule will bring about changes to the current Form I-9, which include updating the List of Acceptable Documents by:

  • Adding the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) to List C (E-Verify users will be able to select Form FS-240 when creating a case for an employee who has presented this document for Form I-9).
  • All the Certifications of report of birth issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545, Form DS-1350, and Form FS-240) will be combined into Section C #2 in Lists C.
  • Renumbering all List C documents except the Social Security Card. For example, the employment authorization document issued by the Department of Homeland Security will change from List C #8 to List C #7.

There will also be some changes to the Form I-9 instructions. DHS will be removing “the end of” from the phrase “the first day of employment”. They will also be revising the name of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices to its new name of Immigration and Employee Rights Section (IER).

These changes will be included in a revised M-274 Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9.

Other changes to the Form I-9 associated with the new International Entrepreneur Rule have been delayed by USCIS until March 14, 2018, so possibly expect another revised Form I-9 next year.

Thank you for your business.

The foregoing information is not offered as legal advice but is instead offered for informational purposes. First Advantage Corporation is not a law firm and does not offer legal advice and this communication does not form an attorney client relationship.
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