Verifying New & Existing Employees on Form I-9

E-Verify employers have slightly different verification requirements for Form I-9: Employee: Photo Required on List B Document. Employer: Copy U.S. Passport, Passport Card, Form I-776 or Form I-1551 and retain with Form I-9. Employee: Social Security Number Required

Verifying New Employees on Form I-9

Newly hired employees must complete Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, regardless of whether they are assigned to a federal contract. Employers must comply with Form I-9 procedures found in the M-274 Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing Form I-9. E-Verify employers also have additional employment verification requirements for Form I-9 that other employers do not have:

  • If an employee chooses to present a List B document, the employer may only accept a List B document that contains a photo (if the employee cannot provide such a document because of religious objections, contact the E-Verify Contact Center at 888-464-4218).
  • If an employee chooses to present an Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766), Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551) or U.S. Passport or Passport Card, the employer must make a copy of the document and retain it with the employee’s Form I-9.
  • Employees must have a Social Security number (SSN) to be verified using E-Verify. If an employee has applied for but has not yet received his or her Social Security number (i.e., if he or she is a newly arrived immigrant), make a note on the employee’s Form I-9 and set it aside. The employee should be allowed to continue to work. As soon as the Social Security number is available, the employer can create a case in E-Verify using the employee’s Social Security number.

Verify Existing Employees Using Form I-9

In order to comply with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rule, a federal contractor must verify all new hires and existing employees assigned to the federal contract. Federal contractors may also opt to verify their entire workforce with E-Verify. When the employer chooses this option, the employer must decide how to verify its employees by completing three steps.

Step 1: Decide which employees the employer wants to verify.

Step 2: Determine which existing employees are exempt or have special requirements relating to the verification process.

Step 3: Complete new Forms I-9 or update existing Forms I-9

Federal Contractor E-Verify

Learn about timelines for enrollment, how to use the program, how to verify new and existing employees, and exemption and exceptions for federal contractors who have been awarded a federal contract with the FAR E-Verify clause. This webinar, useful for federal contractors and subcontractors affected by the E-Verify federal contractor rule, is eligible for 1 professional development credit through SHRM and HRCI.

Estimated duration: 1 hour.


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