How to Remotely Verify I-9s for Employment Eligibility

GoCo makes it easy to designate an I-9 verifier while keeping all other information entirely confidential.

How to Designate an I-9 Verifier on GoCo for Remote Employees


The USCIS requires employment eligibility verification in person, and within 3 days of their first day of work, whether the employee works in-office or remote.
GoCo makes it easy to designate an I-9 verifier while keeping all other information entirely confidential.

If you’d like more information regarding the I-9 Form and Employment Eligibility Verification, we have a complete guide for employers here.

Creating a Policy for Employment Verification for Remote Employees


If you don’t already have a policy to designate someone as an I-9 document verifier, here are some tips on how to create one. If you already have a policy and you can skip to the next section

  • Anyone with an email address can verify documents in GoCo. And, because of GoCo’s permissions, the verifier can be a co-worker.
  • Keep in mind, You’ll need to educate the designated person on what to look for when verifying the documents.

  • Some common authorized representatives are notaries or HR professionals from another close-by business.

  • An authorized representative “must physically examine one document from List A OR a combination of one document from List B and one document from List C,” as listed on page 3 of the I-9. You can see the list of documents approved by the USCIS here. The authorized verifier must also make sure the new hire provides the same documents they selected for verification on GoCo.

  • The authorized representative must sign and attests to the verification in section II of the I-9:
    • The document(s) presented by the above-named employee,
    • Above-listed document(s) appear to be genuine and to relate to the employee named
    • To the best of my knowledge, the employee is authorized to work in the United States.

How to Designate Your Verifier in GoCo


Once you have a policy in place, follow these steps to give someone permissions to verify an I-9 through GoCo. 

Here’s a video of how to do it:

 

**Please note that on Team Permissions, you can also give admin access for specific departments, or based on location.

    Once you’ve given someone permission to verify an I-9 they can see the document following these steps.

    Here’s a video of how to do it:


    What Not To Do During Employment Verification for Remote Employees

    • Require specific documents rather than the documents listed on page 3 of the I-9.
    • Examine and attest to documents over video — it must be in person.
    • Have someone examine the documents and someone else attest to their validity.

    If you’d like more information regarding the I-9 Form and Employment Eligibility Verification, we have a complete guide for employers here.

    Disclaimer: Instructions are used as guidance only. Contact your attorney for verification. GoCo is not associated with e-verify.

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