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USCIS Issues an Updated I-9 Form

July 19, 2017

Jen Plummer, PHR, SHRM-CP

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued an updated I-9 Form on July 17, 2017.  The form, which can be found here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9, will be mandatory for employers to use by September 18, 2017.

What Changed?

The change is minimal.  When I looked at the form, I almost did not notice the revision.  The storage and retention rules have remained unchanged.  The change relates to page 3 of the document, “Lists of Acceptable Documents”.  List C or Documents that Establish Employment Authorization have been revised.  Also, the Handbook for Employers M-274 has been revised and the reference to this handbook has been updated.

How to Tell if My Company Is Using the Correct Document?

If you want to double-check that you are using the correct I-9 Form you should observe the following two areas:

Top Right-

The top right of the form should have “OMB No. 1615-0047 Expires 08/31/2019”

Bottom Left-

The bottom left of the form should have “Form I-9 07/17/17 N”.  The bottom left is the most important detail to note because the previous form has the same OMB No. and the same expiration date.

Need I-9 Help?

If you are reading this and think to yourself, “my company doesn’t do I-9’s” or “I wonder if we are doing the I-9 process correctly” give Loyalhanna a call.  We can review your I-9 process and help you get where you should be.  A great resource to begin to understand the I-9 process can be found on the USCIS webpage, https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/handbook-employers-m-274. This will provide you with the up-to-date guidance from the government on completing, retaining and maintaining I-9 Forms.