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March 6, 2011

USCIS Releases Updated Handbook for Employers

USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released an updated Form M-274, Handbook for Employers. The handbook assists employers in completing Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

Form Has Eight Parts

Form M-274 is broken into eight parts, each dealing with a specific topic. The parts are:

  1. Why Employers Must Verify Employment Authorization and Identity of New Employees
  2. Completing Form I-9
  3. Photocopying and Retaining Form I-9
  4. Unlawful Discrimination and Penalties for Prohibited Practices
  5. Instructions for Recruiters and Referrers for a Fee
  6. E-Verify: The Web-based Verification Companion to Form I-9
  7. Some Questions You May Have About Form I-9
  8. Acceptable Documents for Verifying Employment Authorization and Identity

Establishing Identity and Employment Authorization

To establish both identity and employment authorization, a person must present to his or her employer a document or combination of documents, if applicable, from List A, which shows both identity and employment authorization; or one document from List B, which shows only identity, and one document from List C, which shows only employment authorization. Sample illustrations of acceptable documents are also presented.

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April 3, 2009

Question of the Week: When Do I Need to Use the New I-9?

This week’s question comes from Toni, an office manager. In February, you wrote that implementation of the new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, had been delayed. When do I need to start using the new Form I-9? Answer: The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a component of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has released the revised Form I-9, and its Spanish equivalent, Formulario I-9, Verificación de Elegibilida para el Empleo. Employers are required to use the revised forms starting today, April 3, 2009. The list of documents eligible for the employment verification process has also been revised, including the elimination of expired documents as acceptable verification documents.

Contact Vision Payroll or click the Form I-9 tag if you have any questions on the revised Form I-9.

February 4, 2009

Tip of the Week: Learn About the Revised Form I-9

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a component of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a delay in the implementation of the revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, but you shouldn’t delay in learning what you need to know about the rule changes that the new form will bring.

This month’s featured article on MyHRSupportCenter covers the basics of the form, revisions to the form including newly acceptable documents and documents that are no longer acceptable, and how the delay impacts use of the current and revised forms.

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February 3, 2009

USCIS Delays Release of Revised Form I-9

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a component of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced recently that it would delay “the implementation of an interim final rule entitled ‘Documents Acceptable for Employment Eligibility Verification’ published in the Federal Register on Dec. 17, 2008.”

The delay allows the DHS time to reconsider the rule and also accept additional public comments since the public comment period has been reopened until March 4, 2009.

The revised version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, that was to become effective February 2, 2009 has been delayed 60 days until April 3, 2009 pending implementation of the interim final rule.

Contact Vision Payroll if you have any questions on the interim final rule and the revised Form I-9.

January 13, 2009

Form I-9 Revised by USCIS

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has submitted an interim final rule to change Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The rule will become effective February 2, 2009.

There are three categories of documents that employers may use for employment verification: List A that establishes identity and employment authorization, List B that establishes identity, and List C that establishes employment authorization. The rule eliminates the ability of employers to accept expired documents, although the USCIS has invited comments on and will consider allowing employers to accept List B documents “that have expired within the last ninety days (or other limited time period).”

The interim final rule also adds passports of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) to acceptable List A documents. Citizens of both the FSM and the RMI may, but are not required to, obtain Form I-766, Employment Authorization Document.

Further, the interim final rule eliminates Forms I-688, I-688A, and I-688B from acceptable List A documents since these documents are no longer issued and all issued forms are now expired.

There are numerous other miscellaneous changes, including changes to correct references to terminology that has changed. The June 5, 2007 version of Form I-9 becomes invalid February 2, 2009.

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