Workplace immigration compliance in the U.S.A. began in 1986 when Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act (“IRCA”). With the passage of IRCA employers became responsible to verify the employment eligibility for their employees hired after November 6, 1986. This requirement was implemented through the completion of the I-9 employment eligibility verification form.
Correct and timely completion of the I 9 employment form is absolutely central to the compliance process. Employees must complete their section of the I-9 employment form (which is section 1) by their 1st day on the job, while employers have up to the 3rd day.
As part of the process to complete the I-9 Employment eligibility verification, the employee must provide certain documents to verify their identity, and also to show that they are authorized to work in the US.
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