On Jan 12 2011
USCIS Issues Updated I-9 Guidance for Employers
Yesterday, the USCIS issued an updated version of the M-274, The Handbook for Employers. Federal immigration law requires that all U.S. employers verify the identity and employment authorization for every worker they hire after November 6, 1986, regardless of the employee’s immigration status.
The Handbook is the Service’s official guide to completion of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form and serves as an important resource to employers in the employment eligibility process. The new Handbook replaces the previous edition, which took effect in April 2009.
The Handbook has been revised and updated with new information about applicable regulations, including new regulations about electronic storage and retention of Forms I-9; it clarifies how to process an employee with a complicated immigration status; and, it addresses public comments and frequently asked questions.
Some of the new sections and tools included in The Handbook include:
- New visual aids for completing Form I-9;
- Examples of new relevant USCIS documents;
- Expanded guidance on lawful permanent residents, refugees and asylees, individuals in Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and exchange visitors and foreign students;
- Expanded guidance on the processing of employees in or porting to H1-B status and H2-A status; and,
- Expanded guidance on extensions of stay for employees with temporary employment authorization.
Additionally, The Handbook for Employers now also includes information for employers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) who must verify their employees’ employment authorization on Form I-9 CNMI. It also highlights information about documents CNMI employers may accept from their employees.
For more information on the employment eligibility verification process we encourage you to request a complementary recording of our recent Webinar entitled Increased Immigration & Worksite Enforcement: Strategies to Weather the Perfect Storm by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.