New USCIS M-274 Handbook Released: I-9 Guidance

New USCIS M-274 Handbook Released: I-9 Guidance

USCIS I-9 GuidanceThe newly revised USCIS M-274 Handbook for Employers—Guidance for Completing Form I-9 is now available for download. This version, which published Jan. 22, 2017, replaces the previous version which was published on April 30, 2013. It reflects revisions to Form I-9, which was revised on Nov. 14, 2016.


The new 65-page handbook reflects the changes to the new 1/22/2017 revision of Form I-9 and provides:

  • detailed color images of sample verification documents,
  • examples of completed Forms I-9,
  • guidance on electronic retention,
  • and answers to frequently asked questions about proper hiring and verification practices.

As a reminder, notable changes to the new Form I-9 include, but are not limited to:

  • Section 1 asks for “other last names used” rather than “other names used.”
  • Streamlined certification for certain foreign nationals.
  • The addition of prompts to ensure information is entered correctly.
  • The ability to enter multiple preparers and translators.
  • A dedicated area for including additional information rather than having to add it in the margins.
  • A supplemental page for the preparer/translator.
  • The revised Form I-9 is easier to complete on a computer.
  • The instructions have been separated from the form, in line with other USCIS forms, and include specific instructions for completing each field.


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