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If you employ citizens and noncitizens in the operation of your business, you will need to follow the guidelines set forth by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for I-9 compliance. Federal law mandates that all employers must fill out an Employment Eligibility Verification Form, also known as the I-9, for each employee they hire. This particular form is used to verify the identity of your employees and to make sure that they are eligible for employment in the United States.
These forms are not intended to be filed with the USCIS. Instead, it requires you to keep them in storage for either one year after the date of termination or three years after the date of hire, whichever comes later. You should be able to produce these forms to authorized government agencies if requested.
To verify an employee's authorization for employment, you are required to examine the employment and identity documents produced by the employee, determine their authenticity, and write down the necessary information on the Form I-9. Some of the documents you can use to establish both identity and employment authorization include a U.S. passport, some foreign passports, a Permanent Resident Card, and more. Visit the links on this Business.com page for more information on I-9 compliance.