Alaska Employment Paperwork – The I-9 Form

Every employer in the state of Alaska – in the whole of the United States – is required by law to complete an employment eligibility verification form (I-9) for every employee.

The I-9 form essentially proves that a person is legally able to work in the United States as stated by the employee and their employer.

The government requires the employer to inspect documents that verify every employee’s identity and his or her employment eligibility. Legally, employers cannot allow anyone to begin work until this form has been properly filled out.

Most commonly, residents of the U.S. bring their driver’s license or state-issued I.D. card (with photo and other vital statistics) and show the employer this along with their original social security card. In many cases, the employer must see two pieces of identification, as in the example above. To simplify things, however, a potential employee can use any one of the following:

  • passport
  • certificate of U.S. citizenship
  • certificate of naturalization
  • alien registration receipt card with photo
  • valid foreign passport with I-551 stamp or INS Form I-94 indicating valid employment authorization
  • valid employment authorization card

There are also several other documents that suffice; check with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or any local employer for more information. You must bring proper documentation with you if you hope to get a job.

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