The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched I-9 Central, a new online resource center dedicated to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. This user-friendly, free, and easy-to-use website builds gives employers and employees simple one-click access to resources, tips and guidance to properly complete Form I-9 and better understand the Form I-9 process, including:
- Employer and employee rights and responsibilities;
- Step-by-step instructions for completing the form; and
- Information on acceptable documents for establishing identity and employment authorization.
By law, all U.S. employers must verify the identity and employment eligibility of every employee they hire to work in the United States, regardless of the employee’s immigration status. To comply with the law, employers are required to complete Form I-9 for all employees, including U.S. citizens. Employers must keep these forms for three years after the date of the hire or one year after the date the individual’s employment is terminated, whichever is later.
In addition to I-9 Central, the USCIS has implemented an easier to use E-Verify program, updated a handbook for employers on I-9 compliance that can be found by clicking on http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/m-274.pdf, and have seminars available online to assist employers.