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.

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We are sending this reminder based on inquiries from the public. An employee that is a Permanent Resident may provide a Form I-797, Notice of Action with their expired Permanent Resident Card (PRC) for Form I-9.
On May 25, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor published a joint Federal Register temporary rule (86 FR 28198) to increase the numerical limits on FY2021 H-2B nonimmigrant visas and temporarily provide portability flexibility for H-2B workers already in the U.S. to begin work immediately with a new employer after an H-2B petition (supported by a valid TLC) is received by USCIS and before it is approved.
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 May 31, 2021. Because of ongoing precautions related to COVID-19, DHS has extended the Form I-9 requirement flexibilities from June 1 to August 31, 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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Preventing Discrimination

We provide information on employee rights and preventing discrimination in the workplace.
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Learning Resources

Explore multimedia content to learn about what the employment eligibility verification process means to you, including your rights, your roles, your employer's responsibilities, and your privacy.
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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.