If you work in a management position for a U.S. company that involves completing I-9s for new employee hires, you have probably seen several types of identity and work documents come your way; from passports to work permits to official pieces of paper from the U.S. government. This article will address one specific but not entirely unusual situation: being shown a Social Security card that has what looks like an expiration date on the front, which date has passed. Can you accept the card for the employee's I-9?
Interestingly enough, this card is likely a valid one. Beginning in April 2007, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began printing the date of issuance on the face of Social Security cards. The date appears beneath the signature line. The date is not an expiration date (and, in fact, should always be a date in the past).
So long as the card otherwise appears to be genuine, you can accept it as a List C document when completing the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification.
If your company doesn't have an in-house attorney, you might want to retain a private attorney for questions about recruiting and hiring workers, some of whom might be foreign-born and thus possess documents that you aren't familiar with.
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