USCIS Enhances E-Verify Program

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released new enhancements for the E-Verify Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program that went into effect on September 16, 2012.

E-Verify is an internet-based system that allows companies to compare information on a prospective employee’s I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form to U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration data to confirm that an individual can legally work in the United States.

The program was created after the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 made it illegal for an employer to hire, recruit or refer an unauthorized alien for employment in the United States.

According to USCIS statistics, more than 387,000 employers use E-Verify and approximately 1,200 new businesses sign up each week. The program will now be accessible to even more businesses with the following new features:

– E-Verify will support Internet Explorer 6.0, Firefox 3.0, Chrome 7.0 and Safari 4.0.
– A Quick Audit Report will allow companies to easily report their E-Verify activity when required by local, state or federal government entities.
– New fields to help reduce the occurrences of tentative non-confirmations for employees who give a foreign passport. Employers can now record the passport number and issuing country on the I-9 form and enter the information in an E-Verify case.
–  A web-based tutorial to replace the live webinar training required for new Corporate Administrators that also serves as a resource for existing administrators.
– An E-Verify User Manual for Corporate Administrators to help assist with program use.
– A “Form I-94 Arrival-Departure Record” work authorization, which is a document that shows that a person can legally work in the United States.

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