Employment Verification

The E-Verify system was created to allow employers to confirm the employment eligibility of both US citizens and noncitizens to work in the United States. Employers are able to use the E-Verify system to verify employment eligibility. Learn more about the E-Verify system here.

What is E-VERIFY?

E-Verify is an online database that US employers can sign up for to confirm the eligibility of employees to work in the United States. E-Verify can be used by employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of employees by electronically matching the information provided by employees on the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, against records available to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

As an employer do I have to use E-VERIFY?

Most employers are not required to use the E-Verify program. It is voluntary.  However, if you are an employer with federal contracts or subcontracts that contain the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) E-Verify clause you will be required to enroll in E-Verify. You may also be required to use E-Verify if your state has legislation mandating the use of E-Verify.

Do I have to use E-VERIFY to hire a foreign national?

In most cases, E-VERIFY is not a requirement to employ a foreign national. However, if you hire an F-1 student on a STEM OPT extension you must enroll in E-Verify.

How do I enroll in E-VERIFY?

As a US employer, you can enroll in the E-VERIFY program through the online system. Enroll in E-Verify

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