With the recent July 17 changes to the mandatory I-9 form, SDEA has been fielding questions related to the changes, with one in particular that is repeating itself, “are we (company) required to have ALL employees, not just newly hired, but current employees, fill out the newly updated I-9 form”? The answer to this question is “no”. The I-9 with the revision date of 07/17/17 N, will be mandatory for all newly hired employees as of September 18, 2017. Employers can use the new form now or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through September 17.
Revisions to the Form I-9 instructions:
- We changed the name of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices to its new name, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section.
- We removed “the end of” from the phrase “the first day of employment.”
Revisions related to the List of Acceptable Documents on Form I-9:
- We added the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) to List C. Employers completing Form I-9 on a computer will be able to select Form FS-240 from the drop-down menus available in List C of Sections 2 and 3. E-Verify users will also be able to select Form FS-240 when creating a case for an employee who has presented this document for Form I-9.
- We combined all the 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 in List C.
- We renumbered all List C documents except the Social Security card. For example, the employment authorization document issued by the Department of Homeland Security on List C changed from List C #8 to List C #7.
We included these changes in the revised Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274), which is also easier for users to navigate.