United States – New Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 Form Now Effective

U.S. – New Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 Form

This report covers the new version of Form I-9, a U.S. employment verification form, which contains several updates.

Flash Alert 2017-140

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new version of Form I-9, which contains several updates, that U.S. employers need to begin using from September 18, 2017.1 


Employers should make sure that their human resources departments switch to the new forms and incorporate the revised forms and information requirements in their employment verification systems and procedures.  Employers who do not use the revised form, may be subject to financial liability in the case of a government audit.  

The new Form I-9 applies to their U.S. workforce including both U.S. workers as well foreign nationals admitted into the country for employment at the U.S.-based employer.

Highlights of What Is New in the Form

The updates to the form and instructions include:

  • The addition of the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Forms DS-1350, FS-545, or FS-240) on the List C of Acceptable Documents;
  • The Form I-9 instructions – Section 2 have been revised slightly to read:
    • “Employers or their authorized representatives must complete and sign Section 2 within 3 business days of the employee’s first day of employment”;
  • The Form I-9 instructions now reference the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (formerly the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices). 


1  For the new Form, click here.  For the USCIS announcement about the new Form, click here

* Please note that KPMG LLP (U.S.) does not provide any immigration services.  However, KPMG Law LLP in Canada can assist clients with U.S. immigration matters.   

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