Thursday, June 18, 2009

What is E-Verify?

E-Verify is an internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration. It will allow participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of newly hired employees. E-Verify is FREE and VOLUNTARY.

Employers can compare employee information taken from their Form I-9 documentation against more than 449 million records in the Social Security Administration's database and more than 80 million records in the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) immigration database.

E-Verify includes naturalization data, which instantly confirms citizenship status. It also includes a photo-screening tool, allowing employers to check the photo on his or her new hire's Employment Authorization Document (EAD) or Permanent Resident Card ("Green Card") against the 14.8 million images stored in DHS immigration databases.

To participate in the program, an employer must register on line and accept a "memorandum of understanding (MOU)" which details the roles SSA/DHS and the employer will play.

To find out more about E-Verify, click here. An Employer Quick Reference Guide as well as a User Manual is available. To register as an E-Verify user, click here.

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