U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Releases Revised M-274, The Handbook


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Releases Revised M-274, The Handbook for Employers On January 5, 2011, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a newly

revised version of the M-274 Handbook for Employers,Instructions for Completing Form I-9, on their public website, which is located at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/m-274.pdf.

This latest revision of the M-274 includes many changes from the prior version (rev. April 3,2009), including, but not limited to, the following:

-No index, but a more

• detailed Table of Contents;

Detailed explanations of how to reverify and record evidence of status for certain categories, including lawful permanent residents, refugees and asylees, temporary protected status, exchange visitors and students, H-1B, H-2A, and other nonimmigrant categories where extensions of stay have been filed;

• Instructions on how to record name changes for current employees;Instructions on how to deal with interruptions of employments, such as leaves of absence,layoffs, corporate mergers; and

• Updated instructions on electronic I-9 completion, signature, and retention.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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