On July 17, 2017, the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) released an updated Form I-9. Employers will need to adapt to the change and use the new form by no later than September 18, 2017 or face the possibility of large fines. Additional information and a copy of the form may be found here. The changes are subtle, and the best way to be sure employers are using the new version is to examine the “revision date” printed on the bottom of the form. The correct document will indicate the form was created “7/17/17 N.”
An employer’s failure to use the correct form could result in large fines. The minimum fine has increased from $110 to $216 per Form I-9 violation, while the maximum fine increased from $1,100 to $2,156 per violation. Fines for second and third violations also increased to a similar degree.