The Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9, is a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services document. Since 1986 this form is used to verify an employee’s identity with their employer. This is intended to control the legal authorization to work to all paid workers.
Due to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 that requires all employers to verify the new employees, workers have to complete the I-9 at the time of hire.
Note that the document is not required for independent contractors or unpaid volunteers. However, there may be some exceptions.
There are some versions of the I-9 Form. The latest one was published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on November 14, 2016. The 2013 template was acceptable until January 22, 2017. Since then only the I-9 2016 version can be used.
As an employee you have to fill out only Section 1. Section 2 has to be completed by the employer within three days of the worker’s starting date of employment. The superior has to ensure that the paper is filled out in time and is completed according to the requirements.
The worker has to indicate
The new employee also has to provide some documents.
Check Lists A, B and C of the Documentation for proof of identity or employment authorization to find out more details about the required papers.
Note that an alien who has the legal right to work in the United States has to provide the alien registration number or indicate Form I-94 admission number.
The prospective employee has to sign the I-9 2018 and add the current date.
It is critically important to provide only true details. False information may lead to fines and even imprisonment.
In case a person needs some help to prepare the document (because of disability, or young age), then the special individual assisting them has to specify his/her personal data and sign the form as well.
If a worker cannot properly read or write in English, a translator or preparer has to fill out the blank and sign it on behalf of the employee. Note that in this case the worker is required to add their signature as well.