Revised I-9 Handbook for Employers - Summary of Key Updates

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released an updated version of the Handbook for Employers (M-274). The M-274 provides guidance on the I-9 Form including processing and procedures standards. The new update includes additional employment authorization guidance and visual aids for completing the I-9 Form. Listed below are some of the most important changes that I-9 Processors should be aware of when completing the I-9 Form.

Select the link to see full details and examples of the changes/updates.

Clarify 3 Day Rule for Completion of the I-9 Form (PDF)

Notary Agents must indicate business information (PDF)

Permanent Residents who present an expired I-551 with Notice of Action (Form I-797) (PDF)

Refugee and Asylee Documentation for the I-9 Form (PDF)

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) (PDF)

F-1 Students (PDF)

H1-B Visa Holders (PDF)

Extension of Status (Timely Filing of Work Authorization) (PDF)

Additional Updates

USCIS also expanded its Question and Answers (Q&A) section to provide clarifcation to employers in a variety of situitions related to the I-9 process. Some notable Q&As that may interest I-9 Processors:

Q&A 7 - Should not request to see a document with an Alien or Admission number

Q&A 11 - Acceptable Native American tribal documents

Q&A 17 - Can accept an unsigned Social Security Card

Q&A 26, 27, and 28 - How to handle name conflicts

Note: I-9 Processors are encourage to read the entire Question and Answer section of the handbook.