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Immigration — Pennsylvania

Verifying employment authorization

Every employer must verify that the person it intends to hire is authorized to work in the United States, regardless of their nationality or whether the person is a citizen or non-citizen. To do this, effective November 6, 1986, every new employee must complete the Form I-9. Section 1 must be completed before or on the first day of employment, while Section 2 must be completed within three business days of the date of hire. The form I-9 is regularly updated, so be sure that you are completing the most recent form available for each new hire. 

The current I-9 form and instructions may be accessed from the website of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at:

Employers cannot specify which document(s) the new employee should present from the list of acceptable documents. Employees can present any List A document, which are sufficient to establish both identity and employment eligibility. Alternatively, a new employee may submit a combination of List B and List C documents. List B documents establish identity and List C documents are sufficient to establish employment eligibility. 

Please call us at (312) 960-9400 if this is an error or if you have any questions.