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USCIS Issues New Mandatory I-9 Form

By Kelsey Basten

Published on July 25, 2017

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published the newest version of the I-9 Form July 17. Use of the updated form is mandatory starting Sept. 18, 2017.

Until then, employers will still be able to use the older version of the form with a revision date of Nov. 14, 2016; the new form’s revision date is July 17, 2017.

Updates to the new form include:

  • Changes to instructions and list of acceptable documents, making it easier to navigate
  • List C documents are renumbered, excluding the social security card
  • Online users have access to a new Consular Report of Birth Abroad Form FS-240 drop-down menu
  • E-verify users can select Form FS-240 for employees who have presented this document for eligibility verification
  • All birth certificates issued by the state will be compiled into selection C#2 on List C

The agency recommends using the updated form as soon as possible. If you do not use the correct form by Sept. 18, 2017, your company may face the following:

  • Civil fines
  • Criminal penalties (when there is a pattern or practice of violations)
  • Debarment from government contracts
  • A court order requiring the payment of back pay to the discriminated individual
  • A court order requiring the employer to hire the discriminated individual
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