Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification

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Congratulations on your new job! Now your employer is asking you to fill out your portion of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services form to verify that you are eligible to work in the United States.

How do I fill out Form I-9?

Make sure you have the proper forms of identification available before you begin. The most popular forms of ID include a US passport from List A, or your Driver’s License with your Social Security Card from Lists B and C respectively. A list of acceptable identification documents is available on the last page of this form. All forms of ID must be current. Your employer is asking you to fill out this form to prove that you are eligible to work in the United States. You may be asked at a future date to reverify your employment eligibility, or if you are rehired to an organization you have worked at previously, you may need to reverify your status then as well. Do not fill out an I9 verification before accepting a job offer, and have it completed no later than the first day of employment. Section 1 is the only section employees are responsible for filling out. Do not fill out anything beyond section 1. Beginning at the top left field, fill in your last name. Your last name must match what is on your acceptable form of identification. Proceed with your legally given first name in the next field, followed by your middle initial. If you were previously married or have legally changed your last name, enter that information in the last field on the top row. Moving along to the next row, you will see boxes to fill in with your address. Enter your street number and name in the first field. If you live in an apartment, condo, or use a PO Box please enter the unit number into the next field. Next, enter your city or town. In the next field asking for state, please use your states’ abbreviation. Finally, fill in your zip code. The next row includes your date of birth. Use two digits for the month, two digits for the day, and four digits for the year. For instance, if your birthday is August 5th, 1980 you will write 08/05/1980. In the next field, if you have a social security number enter it here. If you do not have a SSN, please leave this field blank. In the last two fields, enter your email address, and finally your phone number. This last portion of section 1 requires you to answer if you are: an American citizen, a noncitizen national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, or an alien authorized to work in the US. Check the box that applies to you. Please note lawful permanent residents must provide an Alien Registration Number/USCIS Number. Aliens authorized to work must provide one of the following: An Alien Registration Number/USCIS Number or Form I-94 Admission Number or a Foreign Passport Number. Finally, sign and date the form. You have completed the employee portion of the I9.  

Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification: FAQs

  • Form I-9 is a form used to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States.

  • Yes, Form I-9 must be submitted for each individual hired by U.S. employers for employment in the United States.

  • No, there is no filing fee for Form I-9

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