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Employer Responsibilities for Completing an I-9 Form

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Employers are required to complete an I-9 form at the time of hire for all employees that have been hired on or after November 6, 1986.  The employer must complete Section 1 prior to the end of the first day of employment.  For example, if an employee starts working on a Monday, Section 1 of the form must be completed by the close of business on Monday.

The employer must review the original documents and complete Section 2 within 3 business days of the first day of work.  Additionally, if the employer has enrolled in E-Verify, the E-Verify inquiry must be initiated before the end of the third day of work.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released an updated 69 page version of The Handbook for Employers (also known as the M-274), which was revised on 01/05/2011, download  the Handbook for Employers from the US. Citizenship & Immigration Services website.

Other Resources:

Download the current I-9 form here

E-Verify Information for Federal Contractors

E-Verify User Manual for Federal Contractors

E-Verify Supplemental Guide for Federal Contractors

3 Responses to Employer Responsibilities for Completing an I-9 Form

  • Mr. Wilson
    Per your request, I did remove the original post, however, the information displayed here as well as in the original post is public knowledge, if one knows where to find it. My resources came directly from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website; more specifically excerpts from their handout entitled “How do I complete Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification?” and the M-274 Handbook for Employers. I had no knowledge of you or your website when we spoke. And it was not until you posted this comment that I even knew where your website is located.

  • I contacted you personally about 2 weeks ago and advised you to remove the I-9 Timeline you had plagerized from my site, which you did. However, you did not remove the text – you took it word for word. Take it down now. Stop stealing my work product. I will not ask again. John Wilson

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