All U.S. employers are responsible for completion and retention of Form I-9 (Employee Eligibility Verification) for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and noncitizens.
Employers must verify the employment eligibility and identity documents presented by the employee and record the document information on the Form I-9.
The U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) regularly conducts inspections of I-9 Forms to ensure that employers’ I-9 forms and supporting documentation meet the compliance rules.
The I-9 Form must be kept by the employer either for three years after the date of hire or for one year after employment is terminated, whichever is later.
The I-9 Form must also be available for inspection by any other U.S. Government agency (e.g., U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Special Counsel).