Overview: Employers can ensure that they have an authorized workforce by participating in E-Verify, which allows employers to electronically verify the information provided by new employees on the Form I-9. E-Verify creates a presumption (although it can be refuted) that the employer has not knowingly hired an unauthorized foreign national. It is a voluntary program except where required by state law or by the federal contractor rule.
The use of E-Verify is on the rise. In fact due to the sheer volume of employers using E-Verify, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched a forum for its users where they can submit and discuss ideas which the USCIS will evaluate in order to make any improvements to E-Verify.
Further, the USCIS continually enhances the E-Verify system. For example, the USCIS released revised Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) for E-Verify browser users and new MOUs for users accessing E-Verify through web services, which are customized to each type of E-Verify access method and are simpler to read and understand. Further, it instituted security measures to help prevent identity fraud during the E-Verify process and streamlined the E-Verify process by combining and replacing the tentative nonconfirmation notice and referral into one document entitled a further action notice.
Trends: Employers are increasingly using E-Verify to assist them with the verification process. In fact, in January 2014 E-Verify hit a milestone of over a half million companies using the free web-based system to electronically verify the information provided by new hires on the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.
Author: Melissa A. Silver, JD, Legal Editor
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