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In most cases, employees can leave certain fields blank if they do not apply, but it is recommended to use “N/A.” However, if the passport number and country of issuance fields in Section 1 do not apply, the employee must write “N/A.”  Follow the Form I-9 Instructions when determining if an N/A is required.  The instructions state when an employer or employee may use N/A or must use N/A.   Required fields must be completed with either the information requested or “N/A.” Failing to provide a response in a required field may be considered a verification violation.

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