USCIS Updates M-274 Handbook for Employer Covering New I-9 Form

USCIS announced today that is has published an updated version of the M-274, Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (PDF, 5.36 MB).  As per USCIS:


The Handbook for Employers provides employers with detailed guidance for completing Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. This version dated Jan. 22, 2017, replaces the previous version. It reflects revisions to Form I-9, which was revised on Nov. 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

Review the updated Handbook for Employers or see the Table of Changes for Revised M-274 (PDF, 495 KB) for highlights of the changes.

We anticipate that I-9 audits of employers will be on the rise in the coming year.  Now is a good time employers to review I-9 practices and procedures.  This review should start with a careful read of the M-274 Handbook, followed by a self-audit of I-9 records and practices. Last year, the government raised the minimum level for fines by nearly double, and so a bit of due diligence may go a long way.