Form I-9

Learn more about Form I-9. Includes instructions for filling out the form, and frequently asked questions.

5 min read • Last updated on November 21st, 2018

Form I-9 is a U.S. Government form that verifies the legal eligibility of an employee to work in the United States. All U.S. employers must have an I-9 form for every employee that they hire in order to ensure that they are authorized to work in the U.S., whether or not they are a citizen.

Below are instructions for how employees can fill out Form I-9 accurately.

How to Fill Out Form I-9:

1. Enter employee information.

The first section of the form requires employees to enter all of their contact information. This section also asks for the employee's date of birth and social security number.

2. Enter citizenship status.

In this section, the employee must specify whether they are (1) a citizen of the U.S., (2) a non-citizen national, (3) a lawful permanent resident, or (4) an alien who is authorized to work. Permanent residents and aliens must provide additional details, such as their alien registration number or passport number.

3. Sign the form.

The employee must sign and date the form. In doing so, the signee attests that the information they have provided is accurate and verifiable.

4. Present completed documents to the employer.

Employees have 3 business days from the time that they start a new job to complete form I-9 and return it to their employer.

Once the employer has received the completed I-9, they will enter additional information about the employee and file the form in their records. The form does not need to be filed with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), but it must be kept be kept by the employer for inspection by USCIS if the need arises.

Form I-9 FAQs:

Where can I find the I-9 form for 2018?

You can download the 2018 I-9 form from the USCIS website at uscis.gov/i-9.

Is there a fillable version of the Form I-9 in PDF format?

The first version that is listed on the USCIS website is a fillable I-9 form for 2018 that can be filled out on your computer. The other version is print-only.

Is the 2018 I-9 form the same as previous versions?

The current form was revised in 2017. The USCIS revises form I-9 from time to time, but the only valid version is the most recent one, form I-9 for 2018.

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