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Employers- Take Note of and Comply with the Revised I-9

In July 2017, the USCIS announced the release of a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. See https://www.uscis.gov/i-9/

The revisions to the Form are as follows:

• The name of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) has been changed. Its new name is Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER).

• The instructions on Section 2 have been slightly changed to read: “Employers or their authorized representative must complete and sign Section 2 within 3 business days of the employee’s first day of employment.”

• The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) was added as a List C document and all the certifications of report of birth issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545, Form DS-1350, and Form FS-240) have been combined.

• The List C documents have been renumbered, except for the Social Security card, which remains #1 on the list.

The revised I-9 must be used no later than September 18, 2017.

Employers must abide by existing storage and retention rules for previously completed I-9 forms. (Store them at an on or off-site facility, in a combination of formats -paper, microfilm or microfiche, or electronic- and note that they must be available for inspection by government officials within 3 days notice.)