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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published the updated M-274, Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 to provide employers with detailed guidance for completing the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The M-274 Handbook is at

The M-274 Handbook from the USCIS – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – is dated January 22, 2017 and replaces the previous version published on April 30, 2013. The updated M-274 Handbook reflects revisions to the Form I-9 which was revised on November 14, 2016. The Handbook for Employers:

  • Details how to properly complete the revised Form I-9.
  • Captures policy and regulatory changes since 2013.
  • Is written in plain language, so that it is easier to understand.
  • Includes a streamlined questions and answers section.
  • Features updated tables, new figures, and more current sample documents.
  • Explains guidance regarding automatic extensions for certain Employment Authorization Documents.

Employers may review the updated Handbook for Employers or see the Table of Changes for Revised M-274 for highlights of the changes to the Form I-9. The purpose of the Table of Changes document is to outline the significant changes made to the M-274, Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9.

As reported previously on ESR News, the USCIS published a revised version of the Form I-9 dated 11/14/2016 N on November 14, 2016, that employers were required to start using by January 22, 2017. As of that date, employers could no longer continue to use the version of the Form I-9 dated 03/08/2013 N.

Form I-9 requirements were established in November of 1986 when Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). The IRCA prohibits employers from hiring people, including U.S. citizens, for employment in the United States without verifying their identity and employment authorization on a Form I-9.

ESR Can Help Employers with Form I-9 Compliance

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