Is E-verify mandatory?
No. Since 1996, E-verify has been a voluntary system of employment verification.
The Basic Pilot Program, as it was initially called, was authorized in 1996. In 2007, its name was changed to E-Verify. It is a system employers use to check the work authorization of potential employees. E-Verify compares information from an employee’s Form I-9 with electronic records maintained by the Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security to determine the person’s eligibility for work.
E-Verify could become mandatory if the immigration reform bill now in the Senate becomes law.
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