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USCIS Releases New Edition of I-9 and Handbook for Employers

On July 17, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) released a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  The new Form I-9 contains minor changes to the instructions and list of acceptable documents.  More specifically, the instructions now reflect the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment practice’s new name, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER).  Furthermore, the list of acceptable documents now includes the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240), lists all certifications of birth issued by the Department of State in one selection, and re-numbers List C documents.

Employers can begin using the new Form I-9 as soon as possible, but still may use the previous version of Form I-9 (revision date 11/14/2016N) through Sept. 17, 2017. Beginning Sept. 18, 2017, only the new Form I-9  (revision date 07/17/2017) will be permitted.

In connection with the new Form I-9, USCIS has also released a new M-274 Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9, which reflects the changes to the instructions and list of acceptable documents.

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Courtney Noce, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Atlanta, Immigration Law Attorney

Courtney B. Noce focuses her practice on U.S. business immigration, compliance and enforcement actions, as well as global immigration. She represents both large multinational companies and small start-ups on the full range of employment-based immigration, ranging from permanent residence (PERM, National Interest Waivers, Extraordinary Ability/Outstanding Researcher, Multi-National Managers, among others) to nonimmigrant visa categories (H-1B, H-3, J-1, L-1A/B, O-1, TN).

Courtney works closely with companies on complex challenges associated with...