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5 common I-9 mistakes

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by Montserrat Miller

It is remarkable that a seemingly simple, one-page form—the Form I-9—can cause so many headaches. But who ever said a government form was easy, much less an immigration-related form.

A quick primer: The Employment Eligibility Verification form is meant, as its title describes, to verify the employment eligibility of an employee through his or her identity and work authorization documents. The form must be completed and maintained for all employees (citizens and noncitizens), and employers must have an I-9 for all employees hired after Nov. 6, 1986.

Completion of the Form I-9 is mandatory, unlike participation in the E-Verify program, which is only mandatory in certain situations (e.g., federal contractors or Arizona employers).

Here are the most common mistakes employers make:

1. Using an outdated version of the I-9.
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