• The I-9 form not only helps prevent illegal employment in the U.S., but also protects immigrants who are legally allowed to work. The form was instituted on Nov. 6, 1986.


    The I-9 is a form that all employees (even noncitizens) must fill out to verify their legal right to work in the United States, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

    Time Frame

    Employees must complete the I-9 form for employers either before or when they are hired, according to USCIS. Employers must verify the accuracy of employee identification information.


    The I-9 form asks for standard personal information such as your Social Security number, date of birth, address and photo identification as well as government-issued identification, such as a Social Security card, according to the I-9 form.


    Employers are required to keep a copy of the I-9, either in paper form or electronically, for three years after hiring an individual or one year from terminating them, whichever lasts longer, reports USCIS.


    U.S. civil rights law prevents employers from discriminating among individuals on the I-9 due to race, color or creed. In addition, an employer may not demand any particular form of identification.


    USCIS: I-9 Form

    USCIS: I-9 Brochure

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