I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification

What is an I-9 Form?

Form I-9 Employment Eligibility verification was created by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. All U.S. employers must ensure proper completion of Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and noncitizens. For additional information, please visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website. https://www.uscis.gov/i-9

Who needs to complete an I-9?

Completion of the I-9 form is required by Princeton University for all graduate students for payment of fellowship awards, research and teaching assistantships.

Please Note: If you are beginning the fall semester remotely outside of the United States, you will need to complete an International Assignment form instead of the form I-9. Once you are able to arrive in the United States, we will ask you to complete Form I-9.

Completing an I-9 for the First Time for Spring 2021

The I-9 form is electronically filed via Tracker, an online system, and consists of two parts, Section 1 and Section 2. 

Section 1

To access Section 1 of the Form I-9, please visit this link and follow the on-screen instructions. You are the “employee”.

(A) Employee Name and Identification - enter your name as it appears on your identification documents and your date of birth – these are required fields. If you do not have a U.S. Social Security Number, leave it blank.

(B) Employee Address and Contact Information - enter the physical address you are located in at the time you complete the form I-9. If you do not have a functioning phone number at this time, you may enter N/A.

(C) Employee Employment Status - select one of the four choices provided. Please note, number 2, a noncitizen national of the United States is usually someone from America Samoa or Swains Island.

All fields are required before clicking on the green button that reads “Sign Form I-9 Electronically.”

You will not be able to return to section 1. Please do not complete a second section 1. If you think you have made an error, it can be fixed during the completion of Section 2.

Section 2

After completing and submitting Section 1, you will use SecureSend (click on the Login with your Princeton NetID button) to email your identification documents to:

Incoming first year students: leccles@Princeton.edu

Returning Students: jdeguire@Princeton.EDU

Click here to view a list of acceptable documents. Please note, if you are using an international passport and I-94, you will also need to send a copy of your I-20 or DS-2019.