I9 documentation list

I9 Documentation List – Exceptions and Amendments Due to COVID-19

n one of our recent blog posts, we discussed building the perfect resume. When you’re getting ready to enter the workforce, your resume can help you stand out from the crowd. Hopefully, you rocked your interview, and you’re ready to start your new career! The next steps in the hiring process involve onboarding you at your new place of employment. Employers are required by law to verify your identity and to ensure that their new hires are either U.S. citizens and eligible to work, or are international travelers or employees that carry the required work visas necessary to gain employment in the United States. To ensure they meet these requirements, employers refer to the I9 documentation list. This list contains 3 columns of official vital records or other identity verification documents that employers can use to confirm a person’s identity, as well as their citizenship status and eligibility to work in the United States. 

Due to the global pandemic, some individuals are having a hard time renewing or obtaining certain forms of identification required to gain employment. Below we’ll discuss a few of these I9 exceptions and amendments, and give you some resources to enable you to proceed with your onboarding process.

I9 Documentation List – Exceptions During COVID-19

Once it’s time for you to begin your onboarding process with your new employer, you’ll need to be prepared to bring your official documents and vital records to your HR representative or other employment onboarding official. Unfortunately, due to several factors affecting DMVs and other vital records offices and agencies across the country, some people are finding it difficult to obtain these important vital records and documents to give their new employers for onboarding. 

I9 exemptions and amendments
Once you’ve landed your next big job, getting the appropriate forms of ID for I9 employment eligibility verification is a must for employers. Due to COVID-19, there are some amendments and exceptions for employers in regards to necessary and required documents some individuals may be allowed.

Because the global pandemic has affected so many aspects of our lives, it’s no surprise that federal agencies and physical office locations have been temporarily closed, moving all services and ordering processes online for an undetermined amount of time. While some states’ DMV, social security, and other vital records offices are open with limited capacity, most of these locations are taking in-person services by appointment only. Below are a few of the major exemptions or temporary amendments employers can utilize when onboarding new employees. 

Most important I9 documentation list amendments and exemptions due to COVID-19:

One of the most important and widely used vital records documents for I9 employment eligibility verification is a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you’re on the hunt for a new job, be sure to order a certified copy as soon as possible so that you’ll have it on hand when you land that perfect job. For other information on exemptions and amendments to the I9 documentation list, follow this link. We wish you the best of luck on your journey to your next big position, and hope it paves the way to an exciting career!

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