Completing Section 2, Employer Review and Verification
Employers must complete and sign Section 2 of Form I-9 within three business days of the date of hire of their employee (the hire date means the first day of work for pay). For example, if your employee began work for pay on Monday, you must complete Section 2 by Thursday of that week. If the job lasts less than three days, you must complete Section 2 no later than the first day of work for pay.
Employee Responsibilities for Section 2
Employees must present unexpired original documentation that shows the employer their identity and employment authorization. Your employees choose which documentation to present.
Employees must present:
In certain circumstances, your employee may present an acceptable receipt in lieu of a List A, B, or C document. Receipts only temporarily satisfy the document presentation requirement for Section 2.
Employer Responsibilities for Section 2
An employer or an authorized representative of the employer completes Section 2. Employers or their authorized representatives must physically examine the documentation presented and sign the form.
The employer or authorized representative must:
Entering Dates in Section 2
Section 2 includes two spaces that require dates. These spaces are for:
The Date the Employee Began Employment
The date your employee began employment may be a current, past or future date. You should enter:
The Date the Employer Examined the Employee’s Documents
This date is the actual date you complete Section 2 by examining the documentation your employee presents and signing the certification.
If your employee is a minor (under age 18), lists a disability requiring assistance on Form I-9, or presents documents with which you are not familiar, please see the list to the right for further guidance on how to complete Form I-9. If you still need help, please contact USCIS Customer Service.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 04/15/2014