I-9 Employment Authorization Requirements
Overview of I-9 Requirements
- New Hire
- Extensions and Changes in Status
- New Online I-9 System
Employee will complete Section 1, and Payroll Services Rep will complete Section 2 of form I-9. An employer cannot compel an employee to show specific documents when completing the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form, however, following is a list of documents for certain visa types that will satisfy both the identity and employment authorization requirements of the I-9 regulation.
International student and nonstudent employees can complete their I-9 and tax documents at Payroll Services in the West Bank Office Building.
If they don't already have a social security number, the international employees should apply for a number with the Social Security Administration before completing the I-9 process at the Job Center or Payroll Services. See Social Security Number Requirements for more information about applying for a social security number.
Valid, unexpired passport (If from Canada, a drivers license is acceptable)
- I-20 stamped by Immigration & issued for U of M, or:
- I-20 indicating transfer to U of M (If ISSS sign-off date is within 15 days of semester begin date, then semester start date can be employment date),
- I-20 indicating "curricular practical training" shown on back of I-20.
- Optional or post-completion practical training shown on USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) issued I-766 or I-688B card (passport and I-94 not required with I-688B, or I-766 EAD card)
- USCIS issued I-688B card with no restrictions. (passport and I-94 not required with I-688B or I-766 EAD card)
- Valid, unexpired passport (If from Canada, a drivers license is acceptable)
DS-2019 stamped by Immigration & issued for U of M, or:
- DS-2019 indicating sponsorship transferred to U of M. Sign off dates MUST be prior to effective begin date of DS-2019.
- DS-2019, issued from University or Minnesota or another institution, indicating academic training has been granted. MUST be accompanied by a letter from the sponsor.
New to H-1b status:
- Valid, unexpired passport, I-94, and
- Approval Letter showing U of M as petitioner (employer).
Current H-1b changing employer to U of M:
- Valid, unexpired passport, I-94 for current employer, and
- Receipt from Immigration showing application for employer change to U of M.
- When Immigration approval letter with U of M as petitioner is received, the alien must return to Payroll Services to show the approval letter for I-9 purposes.
- Identity document (e.g., driver's license, or valid, unexpired passport)
- I-94, and invitation letter from U of M.
- Valid, unexpired passport
- I-94, and invitation letter from U of M
J-2 and other employment authorization (e.g., residency pending or application for asylum):
- Immigration issued I-688B card
Immigrant (Resident alien):
- Alien Registration card (I-551, green card),
- Passport with stamp "Processed for Temporary Evidence of Lawful Admission for Permanent Residence, Valid Until (date) employment authorized", or
- Identity document (e.g., drivers license) and unrestricted social security card.
How the original I-9 was completed will determine how the Payroll Services/Job Center Representative and Coordinate campuses completes the Online I-9 reverification. If the original I-9 was completed prior to the online I-9 system (before May 18, 2009), then follow these simple instructions when verifying current employees’ extensions and changes in status:
If the original I-9 was completed using the Online I-9 system, the Payroll Services/Job Center Representative and Coordinate campuses will follow the Reverification Due instructions on the Online I-9 system:
The documentation for the extension or change in status is explained below.
- A passport that is allowed to expire, or lapse, will not affect the person's employment eligibility for I-9 purposes. This information will be used to update PeopleSoft only and will not cause the person's I-9 status to expire.
- Employment expires when DS-2019 expires.
- If extended prior to expiration date, then there is no break in service.
- If extended after the current DS-2019 expiration date, the start date becomes the date the sponsor signed off on the form, not the begin date of the new DS-2019.
- If the expected date to complete studies has expired, must be issued new I-20 to continue employment.
Receiving Practical Training:
- If curricular, noted on back of 1-20.
- If Optional, will show recommendation on back of I-20, but receive EAD card (either I-766 or I-688b card) from Immigration approving work authorization.
- If extension application sent to Immigration prior to H-1b expiration, with receipt from Immigration, can remain on payroll for 120 days, pending Immigration approval.
- Must come back to Payroll when notice of approval is received.
- If change in status to H-1b (e.g., F-1 Student to H-1b visa holder), must show both Approval Notice (I-757), and I-94 (attached to approval). If Immigration does not approve the change in status to H-1b by the expiration date of the current status, there will be a break in service pending the H-1b approval.
- If change in status to permanent resident, need documentation showing permanent residency has been granted (alien registration card, temporary evidence stamped in passport).
- J-2 extension of employment dates with I-688B card—must present Immigration extended EAD card (I-688B) to continue to be employment authorized. There is no grace period.
- I-688B Employment Authorization (e.g., residency pending, application for asylum)—same rules as for J-2 extension.
For more detailed information on work options, see International Student and Scholar Services.
For I-9 questions or more detailed information, contact Iemail@example.com.
Enter, verify, document, and ensure employment eligibility for new hires.