USCIS has published a new version of the Handbook for Employers: Instructions for Completing Form I-9 (M-274) (Rev. 1/05/11). The handbook includes expanded guidance on a number of topics, such as lawful permanent residents, refugees and asylees, and acceptable documents for employees in Temporary Protected Status. Employers enrolled in E-Verify can also obtain the handbook by clicking “View Essential Resources” in the E-Verify user interface.

Among the changes included in the handbook are

  • A more detailed explanation of the documents that can be submitted for employment eligibility verification.
  • Visuals on filling Form I-9 as well as relevant documents to be submitted.
  • Extensive guidance on lawful permanent residents, refugees and asylees, individuals in Temporary Protected Status and exchange visitors and foreign students
  • More information on extensions of stay for employees with temporary employment authorization

The new and improved handbook is aimed at bring clarity in filling the I-9, in avoiding fake documents and submission of genuine ones as well as in easy processing of immigrant population who are eligible to work in the USA. The M-274 can be accessed on the USCIS website.

EMPTrust can help you with your I-9 and E-Verification process. EMPTrust’s software application allows companies to manage I-9 forms and seamlessly integrate with employment eligibility verification (E-Verify) all at one go.

Disclaimer: The content of this post does not constitute direct legal advice and is designed for informational purposes only. Any issues regarding compliance and obligations under United States or International laws or regulations should be addressed through your legal department or outside counsel.