New I-9 Coming in July

Chad Tino, SilkRoad
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Form I-9 to be revised in July 2017

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced that it will update the Form I-9 in July 2017. Based on the final International Entrepreneur Rule published in the Federal Register it appears that the changes to the Form I-9 will focus on the acceptable documents for Lists A and C.

Here are the details about the upcoming changes.

Change to List A Documents 

Item 5 of the List of Acceptable Documents for List A, documents that establish both identify and employment authorization, will be revised.

Expected Update: 

5. For an individual authorized to work for a specific employer because of his or her status or parole, a foreign passport and Form I-94 (or Form I-94A) that has the same name as the passport and has an endorsement by DHS indicating such employment-authorized status or parole, as long as the period of endorsement has not yet expired and the employment is not in conflict with the individual’s employment-authorized status or parole.

Change to List C Documents 

The acceptable documents for List C will be updated to include the Department of State (DOS) Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240). This is the most current version of the certification or report of birth issued by the Department of State.

Timeline

USCIS has indicated that it will publish the revised Form I-9 on July 17, 2017 and that employers will be required to begin using it by September 17, 2017.

SilkRoad has made plans to incorporate these changes into the Form I-9 that is delivered with SilkRoad Onboarding as soon as they are finalized and published by the USCIS.  These changes will be released in August 2017, to ensure that all clients are able to start using the new Form I-9 prior to the September 17, 2017 deadline.

Impact

These changes to the acceptable documents on the Form I-9 will impact employees that were born abroad and have been issued a Department of State (DOS) Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240), which establishes US citizenship and clarify the circumstances where individuals are authorized to work for a specific employer.

As always, SilkRoad will continue to keep track of ongoing changes to the I-9 form requirements to ensure our clients maintain compliance.

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