5.1 Reverifying Employment Authorization for Current Employees

You must reverify an employee’s employment authorization no later than the date employment authorization expires. The employee must present a document that shows current employment authorization, such as any document from List A or C, including an unrestricted Social Security card. You must reject a restricted Social Security card and ask the employee to provide a different document from List A or C. You can also accept certain receipts for reverification; see the Acceptable Receipts table in Section 4.3, Acceptable Receipts, for more information. You cannot continue employing a person who does not provide proof of current employment authorization.

Complete Section 3 of the employee’s original Form I-9. If you already used Section 3 for a previous reverification or update, use Section 3 of a new Form I-9. You must also complete Section 3 of a new Form I-9 if the form you used for the previous verification is no longer valid. Please check uscis.gov/i-9 for the current Form I-9.

If you reverify your employee using a paper Form I-9:

  • Enter the employee’s full name from the original Form I-9 at the top of Section 2.
  • Leave both the Citizenship/Immigration Status field and the rest of Section 2 blank.
  • If the employee’s name has changed, enter the new name in Block A of Section 3.
  • Enter the document title, number and expiration date in Block C of Section 3.
  • Sign, date and enter your name in Section 3. Keep this page with the original.

If you complete Section 3 using a computer:

  • Enter the employee’s full name from the original Form I-9 at the top of Section 3.
  • If the employee’s name has changed, enter the new name in Block A.
  • Enter the document title, number and expiration date (if any) in Block C.
  • Enter your name in the field provided.
  • Print the form. Sections 2 and 3 will print on the same page: The employee’s name will show at the top of Section 2, the rest of Section 2 is left blank, and Section 3 will show your entries.
  • Sign and date Section 3.
  • Keep this page with the original Form I-9.

Reverification is never required for U.S. citizens or noncitizen nationals. Reverification is also never required when the following documents expire: U.S. passports, U.S. passport cards, Form I-551 (Alien Registration Receipt Cards/Permanent Resident Cards, which are also known as Green Cards), and List B documents.

Employees with expiring immigration status, employment authorization, or employment authorization documents should have the necessary application or petition filed well in advance to ensure they maintain continuous employment authorization and/or valid documents. USCIS provides employment authorization extensions under certain conditions. See Section 6.0, Evidence of Status for Certain Categories, for more information.

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