In 1996, Congress passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA), which required the Social Security Administration (SSA) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), to initiate an employment verification pilot program.
Under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), USCIS operates the E-Verify program, previously referred to as the Basic Pilot Program. E-Verify implements the legal requirements of IIRIRA by allowing any U.S. employer to electronically verify the employment eligibility of its newly hired employees.
E-Verify is a voluntary program for most employers, but mandatory for some, such as employers with federal contracts or subcontracts that contain the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) E-Verify clause.
E-Verify is an Internet-based system operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employee and/or employee assigned to a federal contract.
How It Works
E-Verify works by comparing the information entered on an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, with SSA and DHS records to verify employment eligibility.
At this time, an employer can verify the employment eligibility of only one person at a time within E-Verify. All new, temporary, seasonal and rehired employees must be entered into E-Verify individually.
Privacy and Security Statement
The use of E-Verify requires the collection of personally identifiable information. It is essential to protect the privacy of employees that submit information to be processed through E-Verify.
It is your responsibility to ensure that all personal information collected is safeguarded and used only for the purposes outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between E-Verify and the employer/user.