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For Employers

Federal law prohibits the hiring of individuals without proper documentation and authorization to work in the U.S. However, it also prohibits discrimination against applicants or employees based on their citizenship status. This can create a difficult situation for employers in Atlanta and may result in serious legal issues for your company if you take an improper approach to the situation. Working with a qualified immigration law firm can ensure that your company stays on the right side of the regulatory process.

Understanding Form I-9

Employers are required to verify the eligibility of applicants before making an offer of employment. Form I-9 is also known as the Employment Eligibility Form and must be submitted, examined and completed within three days of the hire date. Prospective employees must provide documentation for the following:

  • Identity
  • Employment eligibility

Passports, permanent resident cards and employment authorization forms can be used to verify both identity and eligibility. Driver’s licenses, school identification cards, military cards and school records can all be used to prove identity. A valid Social Security number without restrictions on employment, a U.S. Citizen identification card or a resident citizen identification card can prove eligibility for employment. The same verification procedure must be followed for temporary, part-time and full-time employment arrangements.

Avoiding Discrimination Charges

To prevent accusations or charges of discrimination based on origin or citizenship status, employers should maintain the same procedures for all applicants and employees regardless of their place of origin. This can reduce the risk of perceived discriminatory treatment and can protect your organization against serious charges, civil penalties and other consequences of these violations. By working with a qualified Atlanta immigration employment lawyer, you can ensure the best results for your company.

By consulting with the experts at Pozo Goldstein, your company can successfully navigate the complexities of immigration and employment to ensure the best possible solutions for your hiring needs. We have a depth of experience that comes with many years of practice as immigration prosecutors and an immigration judge. Our team can help you stay on the right side of the law while ensuring that you can hire the best candidates for your business.