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  • Can I fill I-9 form before OPT card?

    Hello Friends,

    I am graduating in the mid of Oct and I have applied for my OPT already. I got an interview call from a company and they were asking me to fill I-9 form for job requirements. In I-9 form, the company wanted me to fill my I-94 number. I was hesitating as I didn't get my EAD card yet so I didn't want to face any problem. I contacted my DSO and he said you can't fill I-9 form as you are not eligible to work legally. I explained him that I will not work until I get my OPT card but he told me not to fill I-9 form.

    I would like to know was my decision not to fill I-9 form was correct? Or I can use my I-94 admission number to get a job offer?

    Your early replied will be highly appreciated

    Regards

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      • #4
        He is correct , you need to be work authorized before filling form I 9

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        • #5
          Oh I am in the same situation. I didn't know this so I filled the form i 9. Apparently the company is currently participating in e verify and I think they did try to verify me and all of a sudden the company said I can start working but I refused to start tho. What do you think.

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          • #6
            I filled i9 form after my opt started but didn't report to university as I left that job within a week and it is before 90 days grace period and later I reported another offer letter to my university(this time I didn't fill i9)
            Will there be any problem when I apply for extension.
            Thank you

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            • #7
              Originally posted by muhdusmani View Post
              Hello Friends,

              I am graduating in the mid of Oct and I have applied for my OPT already. I got an interview call from a company and they were asking me to fill I-9 form for job requirements. In I-9 form, the company wanted me to fill my I-94 number. I was hesitating as I didn't get my EAD card yet so I didn't want to face any problem. I contacted my DSO and he said you can't fill I-9 form as you are not eligible to work legally. I explained him that I will not work until I get my OPT card but he told me not to fill I-9 form.

              I would like to know was my decision not to fill I-9 form was correct? Or I can use my I-94 admission number to get a job offer?

              Your early replied will be highly appreciated

              Regards
              I-9’s are supposed to be filled out after you have been offered a job and within 3 days of your first day on the job. Filling out an I-9 does not mean you are employed. However, the I-9 cannot be filled out and will not be considered complete without your EAD number, as that is the document that authorizes you to work. You should explain that to your new employer.

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