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What is E-Verify?

Are you an immigrant who desires to work in the United States? If so, you are required to obtain the necessary authorization. Under U.S. law, companies who hire workers may only employ people who can legally work in the United States – whether they are U.S. citizens or foreign citizens who have obtained the appropriate authorization.

While America’s workforces is vast, diverse and contributes to the strength of our economy, that strength also attracts unauthorized workers seeking employment. This is where E-Verify comes in.

What is E-Verify? It is an Internet-based system that gives employers an easy way to determine if an employee is eligible to work in the United States.

For businesses, E-Verify is fast, free, and simple to use, and according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), it’s the best way for employers to ensure that they are maintaining a legal workforce.

About the E-Verify Program

Authorized by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, E-Verify is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, USCIS, and the Social Security Administration.

How does it work? Once an employer hires a worker, the employer submits information from the new employee’s Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification Form) through E-Verify to USCIS and the Social Security Administration.

Once those entities receive the information, they determine if it matches up with government records and if the new worker is authorized to work in the U.S.

Benefits of E-Verify for employers:

  • Verify a new employee’s work eligibility fast,
  • It helps employers maintain a “legal” workforce,
  • It’s free and easy to learn, and
  • To enroll, companies only need to provide basic information about their business.

Do you need legal assistance with an immigration or deportation matter? Whether you are an immigrant or an employer seeking advice, a Plano immigration attorney from our firm can help.

Contact our office to get the immigration help you need promptly.