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.

Completing an I-9 for the First Time

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

Section 1

Upon arrival to campus, or slightly prior to arrival, you will have a link to log into Tracker to complete Section 1.  Follow the on-screen instructions. You are the “employee”.

(A) Employee Name and Identification - enter your name as it appears on your passport 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 your local Princeton area address. 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 bring your identification documents to an authorized Graduate School representative to complete Section 2. Click here to view a list of acceptable documents. Please email jdeguire@princeton.edu to schedule an appointment.

Renewing/Updating Your I-9

If you are returning from a leave of absence, or your work authorization dates on your I-20 or DS-2019 change, you will need to bring the required identification documents to the Graduate School for an authorized representative to complete Section 3 on your I-9 form.


For any questions, please email gs@princeton.edu