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Processing the I-9

The 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) mandates employers to verify identity and employment eligibility of all employees through the I-9.

When must I have employees complete the I-9?

Employees must complete the I-9 within 3 days of beginning employment at UWM.

How long do I keep I-9s?

The I-9 must be kept for three years or one year after the date of termination, whichever is longer.

Sample Documents for International Employees:

F-1: Students enrolled in formal program of study

Unexpired Passport
I-94 Card
I-20 issued by UWM

J-1: Visiting scholars and exchange students

Unexpired Passport
I-94 Card
DS 2019 issued by UWM

H-1B: Temporary Workers, Faculty/Lecturers, Research Associates

Unexpired Passport
I-94 Card
I-797

Other: J-2 and L-2 Dependents and F-1 Students with special USCIS/DHS employment authorization

Employment Authorization Card (aka Employment Authorization Document or EAD), unexpired and containing a photograph