All You Need to Know About the New I-9 Form
The Employment Eligibility Verification form, commonly called “Form I-9”, was introduced by the Congress to verify the legality of all paid employees in the U.S. On July 17, 2017, The USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) released a revised version of the Form. The revised version has subtle changes to the existing instructions and list of documents. The new Form will be mandatory for employers, beginning on Sep 18, 2017. Continuing on the subject, in this post, we give you an overview of the changes. Read on.
Revised List Of Documents
In the revised version of Form I-9, the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) is added to the list of acceptable documents. It is a form issued to employees born in a different country, but to parents who are U.S citizen. Also, the list of acceptable documents now also includes all certificates related to the birth of employees, issued by the Department of State.
OSC Has a New Name
USCIS has changed the name of the OSC to “Immigrant and Employee Rights” Section (IER). The changes have been made to avoid any confusion between two Federal agencies with similar names. The mission of the agency, however, remains the same, which is to prevent discrimination based on their citizenship, origin, and immigration status during the hiring process.
Revised Timeline Description
Another small but noteworthy change made by the USCIS to the Form I-9 is the removal of the phrase “the end of” from the phrase “the first day of employment.” The change is in regards to the Form I-9 timelines. While there is no further clarification on why this change has been made to the Form; it seems to have been made to help ensure that Section 1 is completed at the time of hire, while leaving out any specifications regarding the time of the day.
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