U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced this week that it will release a new version of Form I-9 for checking employment eligibility of newly hired employees. The form will be available Monday and will become mandatory beginning Sept. 18.

Key Points:

  • The revised version will include revisions related to the list of acceptable documents for I-9 verification, including the addition of Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) to the list of documents accepted under “List C” for verification of employment authorization. Other changes are largely cosmetic.
  • Instructions to Form I-9 will also be updated, and the changes to the form will be included in an updated Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274).
  • From Monday through Sept. 18, employers may use either the new Form I-9 or the current form. Use of the new form will become mandatory Sept. 18.

BAL Analysis: Employers should take note of the change and ensure that their human resource departments switch to the new forms no later than Sept. 18.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact BerryApplemanLeiden@bal.com.

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