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USCIS updates handbook to answer common I-9 questions

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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published an updated version of its I-9 Handbook for Employers. Among the notable updates, according to an Ogletree Deakins report, the handbook:

  • Affirmatively states that employers should not begin the I-9 process until the person has accepted a job offer. Previously, the agency had merely indicated it did not recommend pre-employment I-9 processing (page 3)
  • Confirms that the three business days the employer has to complete Section 2 of Form I-9 do not include the day of hire (page 3).
  • Discusses how to handle employee name changes (page 19) and provides guidance on interruptions in employment, such as leaves, layoffs and mergers (pages 20-21).
  • Includes a new chart for calculating I-9 retention periods (page 23).

You can download the full handbook (also known as the Form M-274) at

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