Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Employment Eligibility Verification

I would like to thank my Employment Law colleague, Karen Pointer for bringing this requirement to my attention. Ms. Pointer is a founding partner at the Los Angeles Employment Law Firm of Lerman & Pointer LLP and can be reached at (310) 229-9800.

Purpose of Form I-9 :

All U.S. employers must complete and retain a Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and non citizens. On the form, the employer must examine the employment eligibility and identity document(s) an employee presents to determine whether the document(s) reasonably appear to be genuine and relate to the individual and record the document information on the Form I-9. The list of acceptable documents can be found on the last page of the form.

Number of Pages :

Edition Date :

Rev. 02/02/09. The revision date can be found on the lower right hand corner of the form. No previous editions accepted.

Where to File :

Do not file Form I-9 with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or USCIS. Form I-9 must be kept by the employer either for three years after the date of hire or for one year after employment is terminated, whichever is later. The form must be available for inspection by authorized U.S. Government officials (e.g., Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, Office of Special Counsel).

Filing Fee :

Special Instructions :

You should have the latest version of the free Adobe Reader to download and use Form I-9.

Note: The Spanish version of Form I-9, available below on this page, may be filled out by employers and employees in Puerto Rico ONLY. Spanish-speaking employers and employees in the 50 states and other U.S. territories may print this for their reference, but may only complete the form in English to meet employment eligibility verification requirements.



Below is a "how to fill out" article in English


If you have any questions regarding this requirement, please do not hesitate to contact me at (714) 730-4040. You can also contact Ms. Pointer at the phone number listed above.


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