I-9 Compliance Alert: Change in Planned New Form I-9

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As reported in our previous blog post a new version of Form I-9 is scheduled to be released July 17, 2017.  This will be the second new Form I-9 to be released in the past 12 months. The planned changes to the new Form I-9 were set to include an update to allow entrepreneurs seeking to enter the country under the “International Entrepreneur Rule” to present their foreign passport and I-94 as List A documents in Section 2.

However, on July 11th a notice was published in the Federal Register regarding a delay in the effective date to the International Entrepreneur (IE) Rule to open it up for additional comments.   This delay means that the planned updates to address the IE Rule will not be included in the new version of Form I-9.

We believe that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is still planning to release a new version of Form I-9 on Monday, July 17, 2017, as scheduled.  The new Form I-9 is expected to inlcude:

  • include revision to the instructions and update to the list of acceptable documents to include the Department of State’s Form FS-240 Consular Report of Birth Abroad to List C
  • include changes to language in the instructions related to “the end of” when describing when the Form I-9 must be completed
  • revise the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair employment Practices (OSC) to its new name of Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division

If the form is released on schedule, employers will have until September 17, 2017 to begin using the new version of the Form I-9.

Equifax Workforce Solutions will have the new requirements in place ahead of the September 17, 2017 deadline.  Our clients do not need to worry about this change.  We have you covered.

Given the increased risk of an audit, employers should assess and closely monitor their I-9 processes to remain compliant.  Employers may want to consider implementing a comprehensive electronic solution to help manage I-9 compliance.

Equifax Workforce Solutions provides simplified I-9 compliance that offers positive new employee experiences for easy I-9 management anywhere, anytime. Our solutions go beyond simple electronic forms to deliver complex compliance management including reverification monitoring and alerts, detailed audit trails, secure capture of document images from mobile devices and paper conversion, as well as audit and remediation.  Integration with The Work Number, the Equifax Workforce Solutions flagship verification service, helps identify missing and expired I-9s.

Contact us to learn how Equifax Workforce Solutions can help your organization.