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Treat SSA ‘No Match’ Letters Separately From I-9 Issues

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It's not unusual for employers to receive "no match" letters from the Social Security Administration (SSA) stating there is a discrepancy between the wage-reporting information they submitted and SSA records for certain employees.

However, because the Social Security card is the most common document workers submit for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Form I-9, this often raises the concern that the employee is not authorized to work in the United States.

Advice: Don't treat the SSA notice as an indication that the employee doesn't have work authorization. The SSA reporting requirement and verification of work authorization on the I-9 are not related.

SSA notice isn't I-9 violation

The INS has made it clear that a letter from the SSA about a reporting discrepancy does not, by itself, put your company on notice that an employee isn't authorized to work in this country.

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