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2017 Updates to the Form I-9


Someone mentioned to me that we were using an old version of the Form I-9. What’s the latest version and where can I find it?


On July 17, 2017, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new version of the Form I-9. The new version has a few changes to the instructions and the list of acceptable documents. Plus, it should streamline the certification process for some foreign nationals. Employers completing the Form I-9 online will be able to select Form FS-240 (Consular Report of Birth Abroad).  

For more details on the changes, visit “What’s New” I-9 Central.  Employers can begin using the new I-9 (Rev. 07/17/2017 N) immediately​, but most ​are required to make the ​switch to the new form beginning September 18.

The Form I-9 is used to:

  • Verify employment eligibility in the United States, and
  • Must be completed within 3 days of an employee’s start date.

It is not required to:

  • Retain copies of the documentation proof;
  • However, many organizations do to prevent any confusion or errors.

The completed I-9 must be retained until one year after termination or three years after hire, whichever is longer. It is not required, but recommended, to retain all completed I-9s in a binder/folder. Some organizations will even keep terminated employee’s I-9 forms in a separate folder to aid in shredding once past the mandatory retention requirements.


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