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eLABORate: USCIS Releases Form I-9 Revised Instruction Manual

January 28, 2011

All U.S. employers are required to complete a Form I-9 to verify the employment eligibility of each new hire. On January 11, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (also referred to as “USCIS”) released a revised “Handbook for Employers,” (also referred to as “M-274”). The handbook enables employers to better understand the Form I-9 process and functions as a guide to employers in the I-9 process.

The instruction manual has been updated with new information about regulations regarding electronic storage, retention of I-9 forms, and how to process an employee with complicated immigration status. The updated handbook (last updated in July, 2009) includes new visual aids for completing the Form I-9, examples of new USCIS documents, expanded guidance on the processing of employees in H-1B or H-2A status, and expanded guidance on extensions of stay for employees with temporary employment authorization. The revised M-274, with a revision date of January 5, 2011, may be accessed at http://op.bna.com/dlrcases.nsf/r?Open=amky-8czvmh.