Beginning Monday, September 18, 2017, employers must begin using the updated Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Form I-9 is a mandatory form that must be completed by all U.S. employers. It is used to verify the identity and employment authorization for individuals hired for U.S. employment. On July 17, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released the updated I-9, and employers can download the new form from the USCIS website. According to USCIS, there are several changes to the updated Form:
Employers should evaluate their existing hiring practices to make sure they are using the most up-to-date Form I-9, and that completion of Form I-9 by the employee occurs no later than the employee’s first day of work for pay. Other rules relating to storage and retention for Form I-9 remain in place. Employers should continue to consult the Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274) for questions involving I-9 completion.