The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has revised its Handbook for Employers yet again. This version improves on the design of the previous edition and includes simpler language and an index for easier navigation. Also included are new charts that:

  • define acceptable employment authorization receipts,
  • identify temporary employment authorization documents, and
  • provide instructions for the re-verification of these documents

The agency hopes that inclusion of these charts will ease employer confusion in accepting and reverifying these types of documents for completion of the Form I-9.

Additional changes to the handbook are:

  • An expanded Question and Answer section including information about J-1 and F-1 students, professional employment organizations, military installations, noncitizen nationals of the United States, documentation for residents of the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and nonimmigrant classifications.
  • An expanded reference section that includes many examples of documents acceptable for completion of the Form I-9 along with descriptions that will aid employers in recognizing typical employment authorization and identity documents. It includes both current and older acceptable versions of popular documents, as well as the machine-readable immigrant visa with a temporary I-551 notation and the new U.S. Passport Card.

The new handbook is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/files/nativedocuments/m-274_3apr09.pdf