The Higher Ed Workplace Blog

Struggling With I-9 Forms?

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Effective May 7, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires the use of a new I-9 Form to verify the identity and employment authorization of those hired to work in the United States.

Frequently higher ed HR professionals are challenged with how to complete the I-9 process for employees who can’t come to campus to complete the appropriate forms.  Are you having that challenge?

The CUPA-HR I-9 Reciprocal Processing Consortium was created several years ago to solve this dilemma. Members of the consortium assist one another by serving as an “agent” of a hiring institution. An HR professional at a hiring institution would first review the list of consortium participants and identify an institution near the new hire. They would then advise the new employee to go to the HR office at that institution to complete I-9 processing.

If you’re with a CUPA-HR member institution and would like to join the I-9 Reciprocal Processing Consortium, fill out this online form.

What other challenges have you had with I-9? How have you addressed those challenges?

To learn more about I-9, visit the members-only CUPA-HR Knowledge Center or USCIS’s I-9 Central page.

If you or anyone on your staff needs a refresher on I-9, including an overview and important considerations for higher ed institutions, you’ll find I-9, E-Verify and other recruitment, selection and separation topics covered in the new e-learning course CUPA-HR Boot Camp.