On January 5, 2011, USCIS issued a revised version of Form M-274, Handbook for Employers. This handbook, which is available at www.uscis.gov/i-9, provides guidance to employers on how to complete Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

The new version of the Handbook for Employers provides additional guidance on how to handle the Form I-9 verification process for employees with Temporary Protected Status ("TPS") and J-1 and F-1 status, and in H-1B "cap gap" and "portability" situations, and for whom nonimmigrant extensions have been filed. It also expands USCIS guidance on electronic retention of Forms I-9, the use of E-Verify by all employers and federal contractors, and various other challenges that employers face in completing the Form I-9 verification process.