USCIS Announces Updated Receipt Guidance for I-9 Process

August 17, 2021

By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced updated guidance on receipts for the I-9 employment authorization verification process:

  • When employees present a receipt showing that they applied to replace a List A, B or C document that was lost, stolen or damaged, they should show their employer the replacement document for which the receipt was given. However, USCIS acknowledged that this is not always possible due to document delays, changes in status or other factors.
  • If the employee does not present the original document for which the previously provided receipt was issued but presents, within the 90-day period, another acceptable document (or documents) to demonstrate his or her identity and/or employment authorization, employers may now accept such documentation.

In cases where an employee presents a document (or documents) other than the actual replacement document, the employer should complete a new Section 2 and attach it to the original Form I-9, USCIS said. In addition, the employer should provide a note of explanation either in the Additional Information box included on page 2 of the Form I-9 or as a separate attachment.