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Form I-9 - Employment Eligibility Verification

U.S. law requires companies to employ only individuals who may legally work in the United States – either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization.

The purpose of Form I-9 is to document that each employee (both citizen and non-citizen) hired after November 6, 1986 is authorized to work in the United States.

Each employee, citizen, and non-citizen hired after November 6, 1986 and working in the United States must complete a Form I-9.


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E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. E-Verify is fast, free, and easy to use – and it’s the best way employers can ensure a legal workforce. For more information on E-Verify, please contact payroll@ucmerced.edu.

For more information on how to fill out or complete Form I-9, see the Employers' Handbook for Completing Form I-9