What is E-Verify?

Author: Melanie J. Perez-Vellios, VP Group LLC

E-Verify is a web-based program that allows an employer to electronically verify that a newly hired employee is authorized to work in the US. E-Verify compares the information provided on the employee's Form I-9 to the data contained on the Social Security Administration's database and the Department of Homeland Security's database. An employer is then advised of the newly hired employee's eligibility to work in the US.

If an employer participates in E-Verify it creates a presumption that the employer did not knowingly hire an employee that is unauthorized to work in the US.