Employers who fail to comply with Form I-9 requirements face significant fines and penalties. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency offers these guidelines on avoiding common Form I-9 mistakes:
In Section 1, common mistakes made by employees include:
- Employee does not check one of the boxes indicating that he or she is a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, or an alien authorized to work until a specified date—or checks multiple boxes attesting to more than one of the above.
- Employee does not sign or date the attestation.
In Section 2, common mistakes made by employers include:
- Employer does not enter acceptable List A document or acceptable List B and List C documents on the form.
- Employer does not complete Section 2 by the third business day after the date the employee began employment, or, if the employee is hired for three business days or less, at the time the employee started employment.
The English version of the form should be completed, unless the form is being completed in Puerto Rico. The Spanish version is approved for use only in Puerto Rico.
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