Immigration has been receiving a great deal of attention in the media, and deservedly so with enforcement of immigration policies. As a result, many employers have concerns about documentation.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a “Handbook for Employers M-274” that is helpful. Some of the topics covered include:
- Why Employers Must Verify Employment Authorization and Identity of New Employees
- Who Must Complete Form I-9
- Unlawful Discrimination and Penalties for Prohibited Practices
Employers and employees can find more Form I-9 information on I-9 Central at uscis.gov/i-9-central.
Questions about the verification process are common, so see this DHS web page for answers. Employers should read these questions and answers carefully. They contain valuable information that, in some cases, is not found elsewhere in the handbook. For example, one of the common questions we receive is:
Q. If I am self-employed, do I have to fill out a Form I-9 on myself?
A. A self-employed person does not need to complete a Form I-9 on their own behalf unless the person is an employee of a separate business entity, such as a corporation or partnership. If the person is an employee of a separate business entity, he or she, and any other employees, will have to complete Form I-9.
If you have questions about Form I-9, please contact us.