New M-274 Employer Handbook

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new version of the Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274) which is now available on the USCIS website. The M-274 is an essential compendium of I-9 compliance information and instruction which is designed to supplement employers’ understanding and knowledge of the various employment eligibility verification obligations.

The USCIS has issued this most recent version of the M-274 in connection with the new Form I-9 (rev. 11/14/16), which must be used by all employers as of January 22, 2017. This practice advisory summarizes the most important changes to the M-274, and provides examples of the new and updated policy guidance affecting I-9 completion and retention.