E-VERIFY IS AN INTERNET BASED SYSTEM ALLOWING EMPLOYERS TO VERIFY THAT EMPLOYEES ARE WORK AUTHORIZED IN THE UNITED STATES. E-Verify is administered by USCIS and provides an automated link to the Social Security Administration (SSA) database and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) immigration records. E-Verify is generally a voluntary program, although certain employers are required to participate. (See our News Section for E-Verify updates).

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Employers who register for E-Verify agree to use the online system to verify the work authorization for each new employee within three days of hire. Employers check basic Form I-9 information and social security numbers against records in SSA and DHS databases. Employers must accept reporting obligations in addition to maintaining Form I-9 documents and must agree to take certain steps, including possibly terminating an employee if E-Verify cannot confirm their work authorization. Although registration is free, training of personnel and other administrative costs may be significant. To facilitate compliance with these obligations, employers are permitted to utilize Designated Agents to assist in administration of their E-Verify procedures. As mentioned above, an employer who enrolls in E-Verify must submit an E-Verify query for each new hire within three days of enrollment.

Though E-Verify is generally a voluntary program, some federal contractors are required to enroll in E-Verify. Additionally, some state statutes require an employer to enroll in E-Verify.

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