Employer Alert: Must Use Newly Issued I-9 by September 18th
Employer Alert: Must Use Newly Issued I-9 by September 18th

On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  

By September 18, 2017, employers must begin using this revised Form I-9 for all new hires, reverifications and rehires.  It is not necessary to redo previously completed I-9’s, unless an employee’s employment authorization or documentation of employment has expired.

Until September 18, 2017, employers have a choice:  they may continue to use the I-9 form with a revision date of “11/14/16N”, or begin using the new, revised form.

The new version of Form I-9 is very similar to the prior version. The changes include the addition of a new document, the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) that may be used to show an individual’s identity and employment authorization.

Detailed instructions for completion of Form I-9 are provided in a handbook that can be accessed on the Department of Homeland Security’s preview website. 

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