W. Moppin, Sarah R.
Redesigned E-Verify System Simplifies the
Process for Employers to Verify Employment Eligibility
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
("USCIS") has completely overhauled the web interface for its
E-Verify Program. The changes to the system became effective on June 13, 2010.
Any employers currently using E-Verify or who intend to sign up for E-Verify
for employment verification should be aware of the changes outlined below.
E-Verify allows participating employers to electronically
verify the eligibility of their new hires to work in the U.S. by searching
millions of records maintained by the Social Security Administration and the
Department of Homeland Security. Currently, federal contractors are required to
use E-Verify. It's still voluntary for most other employers.
The primary focus of the overhaul of the E-Verify system
was to streamline the web interface and improve navigational tools in order to
make the system more user-friendly and minimize errors. Specific changes to the
system include the following:
Employers that are currently enrolled in E-Verify will be
required to complete a 20-minute updated tutorial of the new system.
There are many benefits to employers using E-Verify,
including a reduced risk of exposure to fines in an I-9 audit if a query comes
back clear, and greater assurance that the documents presented are valid.
However, there are risks as well, including an increased risk of an I-9 audit
based on the terms of the MOU that employers are required to sign in order to
More information on the changes to E-Verify is available
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