What’s New for the Form I-9?

On our last article, we cautioned employers about new changes coming to the Form I-9 beginning January 22, 2017, as well as stiffer penalties for I-9 violations. Now, 8 months later, we’re back to update you on another update to USCIS’ Form I-9.

Starting September 18, 2017, employers will be again required to use a new version of the I-9 form (dated 7/7/17). The most up-to-date version of the I-9 can be accessed here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9.

What does the Form I-9 do?

The Form I-9 is also called the Employment Eligibility Verification form. It requires employees to provide documents that show their identity and prove that they are legally allowed to work in the United States.

The I-9 was introduced by the USCIS to prevent the growing number of undocumented workers in the U.S. By law, employers must only employ workers who verify their identity and prove their employment eligibility by filling out the Form I-9.

When is it necessary to complete the Form I-9?

If you’re an employer or business owner in the United States, you have to do the I-9 each and every time you hire someone to perform services and labor in exchange for wages.

Take a look at the revised Form I-9 from USCIS

This is the version that employers will be required to fill out for all new hires beginning September 18, 2017. The revision should be dated 7/7/17. Click here to download the official PDF.

Here's a look at the revised Form I-9 (dated 7/7/17).
*Source: USCIS I-9 webpage

Is My Business I-9 Compliant?

To ensure that your business meets requirements for the I-9, make sure that all new hires complete Section 1 of the new Form I-9 (dated 7/7/17 or later). To be safe, you should also conduct an audit of your older I-9 paperwork to make sure that there aren’t any omissions or mistakes. Hefty fines and even jail time can accompany any negligent I-9 filings.


For assistance with making sure that your business is compliant with the latest I-9 and employment law regulations, contact Amity Law Group’s experience employment law attorneys today. Take advantage of your free consultation and protect your business from any potential hiring violations.

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