I-9 Compliance: Verifying Employment Eligibility of US and Non-US Citizens

Managers and supervisors

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Expected Duration
60 minutes

Many people come to the United States in search of employment opportunities. While many of these people enter the country legally and have authorization to work here, there are many others who reside in the US illegally. Section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) requires employers to hire only individuals who are legally eligible to work here. The I-9 form is the key to compliance with this requirement. It protects employers from knowingly hiring employees who are not authorized to work in this country. The law requires employers to verify the individual’s identity and eligibility for employment by requiring the employee to produce documentation that verifies who they are, and that they are authorized to work in the US. This requirement applies to all employees – US and non-US citizens alike. Therefore, it’s important to understand the requirements to be able to comply with the law. This course provides an introduction to I-9 compliance, focusing on the purpose of the form, who must complete it, when to complete it, how to use it to verify employment, and the legal compliance requirements associated with the law. It also provides a brief discussion about employing non-US citizens. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Labor & Employment Law Group of the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.


Verifying Employment Eligibility

  • determine who must complete an I-9 form in a given scenario
  • review an I-9 form to make sure it has been completed correctly for a given employee

I-9 Compliance

  • identify situations that represent unlawful discriminatory practices related to I-9 compliance
  • identify employer requirements related to I-9 compliance
  • classify types of unlawful employment practices according to whether they would be considered civil or criminal violations





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