Employers

In addition to the information that USCIS offers employers on Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and on the E-Verify employment eligibility verification program, we also provide resources to support workplace-based citizenship education and awareness efforts. Employers can promote citizenship among their eligible immigrant employees, which can ultimately benefit both their workplace and the larger community. Below are some of the resources available to you and your business to support citizenship education and awareness.

Naturalization Information/Engaging with USCIS
  1. Host an information session on naturalization for your employees who may be eligible to apply for naturalization and invite a local USCIS representative to present on citizenship and immigration topics relevant to your workforce. Topics covered at these sessions include naturalization eligibility requirements, the naturalization process, the naturalization test, and the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. To request an information session, contact Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov.

  2. Post naturalization information on your company’s intranet to direct staff to USCIS web-based resources. To assist your place of employment, we have sample web page content (PDF, 45 KB) with helpful links to key USCIS resources and information.

  3. Add a widget to your company’s intranet to easily link to USCIS naturalization information and resources. The USCIS widgets are small online applications in English and Spanish that can be embedded on social media sites, blogs, and other web pages to direct users to USCIS web content.

  4. Combat immigration scams. Immigration scams and the unauthorized practice of immigration law pose a serious threat to immigrant communities. A variety of educational tools, public service announcements, and information on finding authorized legal assistance are available on our Avoid Scams web page. Provide a link to these resources on your company’s intranet. Post a flyer or poster in your breakroom, lunchroom, or other communal area for your employees.

  5. Purchase a Civics and Citizenship Toolkit from the U.S. Government Bookstore. The toolkit contains immigration and citizenship publications, handbooks, and multimedia tools designed for organizations helping people prepare for naturalization. Display a toolkit for your employees in a communal area such as a breakroom or lunchroom, or in your Human Resources department.

    Or, consider building a communal collection of resources by purchasing other USCIS materials and providing links to these resources on your company’s intranet. Most of the following publications are also included in the Civics and Citizenship Toolkit:

  6. Use our office locator tool to find a USCIS office in your area. USCIS has community relations officers in each of its 26 districts. We also have 86 field offices.

  7. Visit our Citizenship Resource Center and post the link on your intranet. The Citizenship Resource Center provides comprehensive naturalization information, study materials, and resources for adult learners, teachers, and organizations that serve immigrants. The website also includes downloadable posters and flyers promoting the rights, responsibilities, and importance of U.S. citizenship. Hang posters and distribute flyers in communal areas. 

 

Resources to Help Start or Enhance a Workplace-based Citizenship Education Program

  1. Offer workplace citizenship education classes. Download a start-up guide (PDF, 753 KB) for establishing English as a second language (ESL), civics, and citizenship education programs. This practical guide provides an overview and detailed recommendations for designing and implementing ESL and civics/citizenship classes for immigrants. It also includes lesson plans and teaching strategies for beginning and experienced ESL instructors.

  2. Work with a local USCIS grant recipient offering citizenship classes. Reach out to local nonprofit organizations that may offer citizenship classes at their location or that may be willing to hold a citizenship instruction class on-site at your workplace.

  3. Use our class locator to find an English or citizenship preparation class. Many community organizations and social service providers offer citizenship classes and assistance with the naturalization process. If you are not able to set up a citizenship program at your worksite, let employees know about the class locator.

  4. Share the volunteer training modules developed by USCIS with your staff and encourage employees to volunteer in community adult citizenship education classrooms. These training modules are designed to equip adult citizenship education volunteers with a basic understanding of adult second language acquisition and the naturalization process, including the interview and test. After reviewing the modules, volunteers will be able to use this information and additional USCIS resources to prepare learners for the naturalization process.

 

Employment Eligibility Verification Information

  1. Visit I-9 Central. Federal law requires that every employer who recruits, refers for a fee, or hires an individual for employment in the U.S. must complete Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. I-9 Central has the answers to your questions about this process.

    • Check out the Handbook for Employers (PDF). It provides guidance for completing Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification Form).

    • Download the Form I-9 desktop widget that provides access to an online, fillable Form I-9 right from your computer's desktop.

  2. Use E-Verify. This is a fast and free service that allows employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. E-Verify users must post Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) posters in English and Spanish to inform their current and prospective employees of their legal rights and protections in E-Verify.

  3. Use MyE-Verify. This is a free web-based service that has something of value for everyone who works or is looking for a job in the United States. Some examples of what myE-Verify has for you are listed below. E-Verify is for employers; myE-Verify is for workers and job-seekers.

    • Verify your personal information against the same records E-Verify checks with Self Check. Individuals and job-seekers can confirm their records are in order or if a mismatch occurs, and learn how to make updates.

    • See where and when your information has been used in E-Verify and Self Check using Case History. This feature increases E-Verify’s transparency and adds to your security.

    • Track the status of your E-Verify case in progress and know if any action is required using Case Tracker.

  4. Learn more by joining our free live webinars.

 

Other USCIS Information

  1. Take advantage of online resources. Customers can view their benefit requests, receive electronic notification of decisions, and receive real-time case status updates through this online account-based system.

  2. Visit Settling in the U.S. and post the link on your intranet for employees who may be new or have family members who are new to the United States. New immigrants can find information here on immigration and citizenship, education, employment, health care, emergencies, personal finance, child care, and other practical topics. Also available is the orientation guide, Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants. This guide contains practical information to help immigrants settle into everyday life in the United States, as well as basic civics information that introduces new permanent residents to the U.S. system of government. The guide is available in 14 languages online, or you may purchase it in English, Spanish, and Chinese through the U.S. Government Bookstore.