Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
Compliance Assistance —
Immigration Reform and Control Act
Synopsis of Law
Under IRCA, employers may hire only persons who may legally work in the U.S., i.e., citizens and nationals of the U.S. and aliens authorized to work in the U.S. The employer must verify the identity and employment eligibility of anyone to be hired, which includes completing the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9). Employers must keep each I-9 on file for at least three years, or one year after employment ends, whichever is longer.
While OFCCP has responsibility for inspecting the I-9 form, the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is responsible for employment-related immigration regulations and procedures.
Additional Information about the I-9 form can be found on the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement website at