I-9 VISAS – SELF AUDIT CHECKLIST
I-9 Visas — Self Audit Checklist
Making mistakes on a Form I-9 can have negative repercussions for businesses and employers. The Law Offices of KahBo Dye-Chiew recommends that employers conduct a Form I-9 self-audit each year to avoid inaccuracies that can lead to civil and criminal penalties. The purpose of the Form I-9 is documenting that new employees have authorization to work in the United States. This form applies to all employees hired after November 4, 1986. According to the United States Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS), employers must complete forms at the time of hire—the actual beginning of employment.
The following summarizes the I-9 self-audit steps that you, as an employer, can take:
- Gather I-9s of all employees for one year (refer to payroll records for all employees)
- Separate I-9s into categories of current employees, terminated employees, and I-9 records to be destroyed. (To calculate which files can be destroyed, please refer to full self-audit checklist.
- Check for mistakes
- Section one mistakes
- Section two mistakes
- Section three mistakes