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The material supporting the I-9 should be kept with the I-9.
Upon completion of the I-9 form, the original identification materials supplied by the employee must be returned to the .employee. This is explicitly stated on the instructions for the I-9 form.
The I-9 instructions also state:
Employers may photocopy the identification materials presented by the employee. Photocopies must be retained and presented with the I-9 in case of inspection by DHS or other federal government agencies.
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