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Form I-9

What is a Form I-9?

Ever since the passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act in November of 1986, everyone who has been hired from that date on must complete Form I-9 to prove that they are an authorized worker. Every business is required to prove the identity and work authorization of each employee through the completion of a Form I-9, and failure to do so may result in penalties such as fines, incarceration, asset seizure, and more.

While it is the employer who is ultimately responsible for completing the Form I-9 correctly, it is the worker who must provide the accurate and right documentation. There are three sections of the form and the entire form must be completed within the first three days following the date of employment. Section 1, which the employee must fill out, must be signed and completed on or before the first day of employment. Employers are responsible for filling out Section 2, which involves examining the evidence of identity and employment authorization of the potential employee. Section 2 must be completed within three days of the date employment begins, and even recruiters and referrers for a fee are required to complete this form if they are agricultural associations, farm labor contractors or agricultural employers.

If you are an employer and are looking to hire an individual for less than three days, you must complete Section 2 by the time that employment begins. There are certain evidences of proof that must be included in Section 2, such as the document title, issuing authority, document number, expiration date (if any), and the date employment begins.

Protecting Your Rights as an Employer

Understanding and properly completing Form I-9s is vital to the success of a business, and will help to ensure compliance with the IRCA statutes that pertain to unauthorized workers. There are a multitude of laws and regulations that must be followed correctly, and an Orlando immigration lawyer from Maney & Gordon, P.A. can help you through this complex process.

One of the key areas of concern for employers nowadays involves the use of fraudulent documents and identity theft. In order to protect your rights as an employer, it is wise to use a form of "document expertise" during the I-9 verification process This is not as complicated as it seems, and our firm provides clients with a copy of the M-274 Handbook to refer to as they check documents of potential employees. Immigration Attorney Christian Zeller explains;

The Handbook specifically states that if documents reasonably appear on their face to be genuine and relate to the person presenting them, the employer must accept the documents.

If this is not formal enough for your company, you can also provide staff members training on how to conduct investigations into these documents. Our skilled team provides legal counsel and support for all types of businesses and employers, and we also help individuals and companies with permanent and temporary employment visas. Senior partner Richard Maney has over 35 years of experience representing clients in immigration matters and is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality law by the Florida Bar. Call today for a consultation.

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