A newly hired employee just showed me a Permanent Resident Card that says "Signature Waived" under the picture. Is this an acceptable I-9 document?
It is now, yes. The Department of Homeland Security’s immigration division (USCIS) recently announced a change to the list of documents that would be acceptable for completing Section 2 of the Form I-9. The change originated in a change to the way in which USCIS issues some Permanent Resident cards. Specifically, in February of 2015 USCIS began issuing cards with a “Signature Waived” stamp below the picture. The practice has been confirmed and these cards are acceptable List A documents, as they convey both work authority and the employee’s identity.
Here is a picture of the card, provided by USCIS for training purposes. As an aside - note the name of the person is “Yellow Tulip.” Seemingly even ominous government agencies can show signs of levity.
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