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Form I-9 Changes for Employment Eligibility Verification for US Employers

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"The US immigration system puts priority importance on its forms and applications for its immigration and employment verification process. Filling out the numerous forms attached to your immigration visa can be an overwhelming process and making mistakes can cost you the opportunity altogether."
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Published on:  May 12, 2021
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The US immigration system puts priority importance on its forms and applications for its immigration and employment verification process. Filling out the numerous forms attached to your immigration visa can be an overwhelming process and making mistakes can cost you the opportunity altogether. Therefore, it is important to stay up-to-date with all the new changes being made to these forms and what might they mean for you. 

Recently, big changes were made to Form I-9, also known as the Employment Eligibility Verification Form, the USCIS defines the form’s purpose as, “to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States.” 

Here Are the Main Changes Made to Form I-9

The revised version of Form I-9 will be put into use immediately. Employers can use the previous I-9 forms with the revision date of 11/14/16. The previous storage and retention rules will be continued for employers. All new changes can be found in the newly revised Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9.

Revisions to Instructions:

There have been 2 specific changes made to the Form I-9 instructions:

  • The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) has been renamed to Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (EIR)
  • The instructions mentioned in Section 2 of the form have been changed, They now instruct, “Employers or their authorized representative must complete and sign Section 2 within 3 business days of the employee’s first day of employment”

Revisions to Acceptable Documents:

There have been 2 changes made to the list of acceptable documents for this form:

You must provide the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240). Also, all certifications of report of birth issued by the Department of State have been combined. This includes Forms FS-545, DS-1350, and FS-240. 

Documents listed in List C have been renumbered with the exception of the Social Security card which is still on top.

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