USCIS Reminds Employers: Only Unrestricted Social Security Cards Are Acceptable for I-9 Purposes

October 22, 2019

By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Laura Danielson is an active member.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reminded employers that they may accept only unrestricted Social Security cards for Form I-9 employment authorization verification purposes, and they have updated the I-9 form accordingly.

If the Social Security card has one of the following restrictions, USCIS said the employer should ask the employee to provide a different document showing work authorization:

  • Not valid for employment
  • Valid for work only with INS authorization
  • Valid for work only with DHS authorization