Requirement and Database Matches
All students working on campus
must complete the I-9, an INS requirement, in order to prove
that they are U.S. citizens or permanent residents eligible
to work in the United States. Students who apply for financial
aid complete the federal FAFSA required by the Department of
Education. The federal FAFSA matches databases in INS and the
Social Security Administration that satisfy the citizenship
requirements for federal aid, including Federal Work-study.
The present system of clearing
students for work on campus is duplicative, costly, and inefficient.
Most students who work on campus
are Federal Work-study students. Their citizenship status has
already been established through the FAFSA database matches.
Nevertheless, hundreds of students
(at a small college), thousands (at a large university), must
appear in person and present original documents establishing
their citizenship to campus officials at the start of school.
This creates lines, confusion, and delays for students. It creates
costs for colleges and universities.
Ironically, international students
are exempt from the I-9 requirement because, even though they
are not citizens, they are permitted by INS to work on campus.
- The Department of Education already
recognizes the database matches as sufficient to allow students
to qualify for federal aid funds. INS should recognize that students
whose eligibility to work has been established through database
matches with Social Security and its own database, should not
have to complete the I-9 in order to work on campus.
- INS would have to accept the results
of another agency (DOE) as sufficient for employment on campus.
- The data is already
being matched with INS data in the first place.