Starting September 18, 2017, all employers will be required to use a new I-9 Form, the form used to verify an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States. The most recent change to the I-9 was less than a year ago, so it is important to ensure that you are using the edition dated 7/17/17. The date appears in the lower left-hand corner of the form.
I-9s must be completed on all new hires who will perform work in the United States. Employers may switch to the new form now or may continue using the old one until September 18. The new form is available at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9. (The Spanish form is available as an aid, but outside of Puerto Rico, the English form is the one that must be completed.)
The changes to the form are technical in nature. The only change of consequence for employers is that the Consular Report of Birth Abroad was added to List C, meaning that it can be used to establish an employee’s identity.
The following is a basic explanation of the I-9 process, which is not changed by the issuance of this new form.