Revised Form I-9 Now Available

USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17, 2017. Employers can use the revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through September 17, 2017. On September 18, employers must use the revised form with a revision date of 07/17/17 N.

Employers must continue following existing storage and retention rules for any previously completed Form I-9.

There are some revisions related to the List of Acceptable Documents on Form I-9:

  • The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) has been added to List C. Employers completing Form I-9 on a computer will be able to select Form FS-240 from the drop-down menus available in List C of Section 2 and Section 3. E-Verify users will also be able to select Form FS-240 when creating a case for an employee who has presented this document for Form I-9.
  • All the certifications of report of birth issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545, Form DS-1350 and Form FS-240) have been combined into selection C#2 in List C.
  • All List C documents except the Social Security card have been renumbered. For example, the employment authorization document issued by the Department of Homeland Security on List C will change from List C #8 to List C #7.

These changes are included in a revised Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274).

For questions or to discuss internal I-9 audits, contact Jeff Goldman  at 978-219-5055

On the Radio

Attorney Jesse Bless and Paralegal Pamela Zabala were on the air at Mega Radio (890 am and 94.9 fm) during the station’s morning show, which has an audience of 700,000 listeners. As invited guests, Jesse and Pamela provided information about immigration to the underserved Latin American community.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summit

Offering cautious optimism about the ability of entrepreneurs to obtain a visa, Jeff spoke on a panel at the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summit organized by the University of Massachusetts Venture Development Center on May 24, 2017. Over 225 investors, entrepreneurs and lawyers gathered to give inspiration and practical advice to recent entrepreneurial grads seeking to launch their dreams in Massachusetts. Jeff is a co-founder of the Global Entrepreneur in Residence Program. Watch the panel discussion here: