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How to Fill Out an I-9

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There is always a variety of paperwork to fill out when starting a new job -- from tax forms to benefit documents. One form is Form I-9, which is a government-issued document verifying your identify as well as your eligibility to work in the United States. Form I-9 is required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services department, and your employer may face fines if it is not completed.

Your Responsibility

You need to fill out the first section of Form I-9 no later than your first day of employment. Provide your full legal name, any aliases, date of birth and Social Security number. Next, under penalty of perjury, select your citizenship status and then sign and date the form. Present your employer with identification documents that verify both your identity and work eligibility. Documents that establish both items include a passport, permanent resident card or an employment authorization document containing a photo. Otherwise, present two forms of identification. You can verify your identity with a driver's license, voter's card or any government-issued ID. Employment eligibility can be established with a Social Security card, birth certificate or U.S. Citizen ID card.

Employer Responsibility

Your employer will make a photocopy of your identification documents and examine them to verify validity. The employer will complete section two on Form I-9 within three days from the start of your employment. The form will then be retained in your personnel file for the duration of your employment. It is not mailed to the U.S. Citizen and Immigration department.

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