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USCIS releases updated I-9 handbook for employers

  1. Original Date Announced

    April 27, 2020

    USCIS releases an updated "Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9" (M-274) to include both new guidance and clarification on existing policy guidance for employers completing I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Forms. [ID #595]

    USCIS New I-9 Handbook for Employers M-274
  2. Effective Date

    April 27, 2020
  4. Biden Administration Action: Modified

    July 1, 2022

    6.9 Other Temporary Workers

    USCIS published new Form I-9 guidance in Section 6.9, Other Temporary Workers, of the M-274, Handbook for Employers. The guidance indicates that employees whose E and L nonimmigrant status derives from being the spouse of an E or L nonimmigrant can show Form I-94 as proof of employment authorization. A separate employment authorization document (EAD) is no longer required.

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Current Status

Partially in effect
July 1, 2022
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Employment Verification
Agencies Affected: ICE USCIS

Pre Trump-Era Policies



Trump-Era Policy Documents
Biden Administration Policy Documents

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