According to the USCIS, all employers must fill out an I-9 form for each individual that they hire in the U.S., including both citizens and non-citizens. The I-9 is essentially an employment eligibility verification form.
The I-9 form also establishes a list of documents that can be used for the employee to establish both his/her identity as well as his/her work authorization in the U.S. A copy of the I-9 form can be obtained by clicking here.
E-Verify is free online program that allows businesses to check the eligibility of potential employees to work in the U.S. The USCIS also has a Self Check program which, similar to E-Verify, allows employees to do a self check of their eligibility to work in the U.S. The Self Check program is currently only available in 21 states: Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Montana, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, and Maine.
For access to Self Check, please click here. For access to E-Verify, please click here.
Josef & Golubovic highly recommends that employers and employees verify employment eligibility in order to remain compliant with federal laws.