Don’t Forget to Switch to the New Form I-9

Employers must begin using the updated version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on or before September 18.  If you have not already done so, it is time to start using the new form, which was released by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in July.
The new form contains minor, non-substantive changes to the form’s instructions.  It also contains the following revisions to the List of Acceptable Documents:
  • Adding the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) 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 Sections 2 and 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.


  • Combining of all the certifications of report of birth issued by the Department of State (Form FS-545, Form DS-1350, and Form FS-240) into selection C #2 in List C.


  • Renumbering all List C documents except the Social Security card. For example, the employment authorization document issued by the Department of Homeland Security on List C changed from List C #8 to List C #7.
These changes were also added to the USCIS’s Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274).