Is an employer allowed to request a copy of an alien's Social Security card even if it is not used as proof for the I-9?

Author: Ryan F. Donovan

Yes. An employer should be careful, though. Per US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) guidelines, if the employee does not use the Social Security card as proof of employment authorization for Form I-9, the employer is not allowed to ask for a Social Security card for I-9 purposes. However, an employer is allowed to ask for a Social Security card to ensure accurate wage reporting on the W-2 and other tax filings.