Since 1986, U.S. employers have been required to verify the identity and employment authorization of every worker hired, regardless of the employee’s immigration status. To comply with the law, employers must complete form I-9, available at www.uscis.gov . In the past few years, there has been an increased focus on enforcement of immigration related documents in the workplace.

To assist employers, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) launched I-9 Central on May 13, 2011, to provide a streamlined format of information for employers and employees. The site provides access to resources, tips and guidance to properly complete form I-9 and to assist in understanding the I- 9 process. The site is free, and will serve the approximately 7.5 million employers current using Form I-9 every time they hire a new employee.

If you have questions regarding I-9 Central or other immigration issues, please contact Jacqueline Lentini McCullough at 630-262-1435, or jacki@lentinivisas.com . Attorney Lentini concentrates her practice on business employment immigration issues.