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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. Form I-9 will help you verify your employee's identity and employment authorization..

*NOTE: We will refer to both employers and agricultural recruiters and referrers for a fee collectively as "employers" throughout I-9 Central.

Notice: Extension of Validity of Certain Forms I-797 Due to Continued Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Delays

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USCIS previously issued a notice indicating that certain Forms I-797, Notice of Action, are acceptable for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, through Dec. 1, 2020. DHS is now extending the validity of these Forms I-797. To complete Form I-9, new employees and current employees requiring reverification who are waiting for their EAD may continue to present a Form I-797 described below through Feb. 1, 2021 as a List C #7 document issued by the Department of Homeland Security that establishes employment authorization, even though the notice states it is not evidence of employment authorization. 
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID-19. This temporary guidance was set to expire November 19. Because of ongoing precautions related to COVID-19, DHS has extended this policy until December 31, 2020.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf decided to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for South Sudan for 18 months, through May 2, 2022. Current beneficiaries who want to maintain their status must re-register Nov. 2, 2020, through Jan. 4, 2021.

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Form I-9

All U.S. employers must properly complete Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States.
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Handbook for Employers

Read our guidance for completing Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, in the M-274, Handbook for Employers.