Form I-9 & E-Verify Services
On November 14, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification with changes designed to reduce errors and enhance form completion using a computer. Employers must use only the new version of the Form I-9 dated 11/14/2016 N by January 22, 2017. The new Form I-9 is available on the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov/system/files_force/files/form/i-9.pdf. The USCIS has also published the updated M-274, Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9. The Handbook for Employers provides employers with detailed guidance for completing Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. This version dated January 22, 2017 replaces the previous version and reflects revisions to Form I-9. The Handbook is available at www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/m-274.pdf.
Form I-9 & E-Verify Service Summary
Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) is a Designated E-Verify Employer Agent that helps employers with Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance to ensure that newly hired employees are legally eligible to work in the United States. All U.S. employers are required to complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification for each employee hired in the United States to comply with employment eligibility verification responsibilities. E-Verify is a free web-based service from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that allows employers to verifiy the employment eligibility of new employees.
The Form I-9 service occurs within the first 72 hours of employment for a newly hired worker. To use the ESR E-Verify service, an employer simply provides ESR with the sign up form below so that ESR can set up an account for the employer. Then simply advise ESR each time you hire a new employee, and provide the means of verification used. In the event that a worker is NOT authorized, then ESR will assist you through the steps that must be taken.
For information about Form I-9 and E-Verify services, contact ESR.
E-Verify Links for Employers
- The most up to date Form I-9 is available at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.
- USCIS Publishes New Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new Form I-9 in March 2013.
- E-Verify website: http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.
- Spanish language version of E-Verify website: http://www.uscis.gov/es/e-verify.
- Form I-9 News: Read ESR News blogs tagged 'Form I-9'.
- E-Verify News: Read ESR News blogs tagged 'E-Verify'.
- E-Verify Federal Contract Rules: The federal contractor rules for E-Verify are in affect. Read blog on ESR News.
- I-9 & E-Verify Information, Links, and Help: A document to help employers access DHS, SSA, and USCIS.
About Form I-9 and E-Verify
The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 requires employers to examine documentation from each newly hired employee to prove his or her identity and eligibility to work in the United States. This act led to the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification requiring employees to attest to their work eligibility and employers to certify the documents presented appear to be genuine and relate to the individual.
The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996 created the voluntary Basic Pilot Program allowing employers to confirm the work eligibility of newly hired employees by comparing information from the employee's Form I-9 to the information in the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) – which became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2003 – and Social Security Administration (SSA).
In 2007, the Basic Pilot Program was renamed E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet-based program run by the United States government that is free to employers, available in all 50 states, and provides an automated link to federal databases to help employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.
Utilizing databases administered by the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration, employers can utilize E-Verify to check the information on an I-9 form to determine that individual’s employment eligibility. To participate in the E-Verify Program, an employer can contact the program directly and set up thier own account, or may use the assistance of a third party. To utilize ESR to assist in this aspect of your hiring process, an employer must first provide ESR with information so that ESR can register the employer. As part of the registration process, an employer must execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that sets forth the responsibilities of the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Bureau, and the employer. Although the program is voluntary for some businesses, many employers find that utilizing ESR as their agent to participate in the program has numerous advantages. Some states have also passed requirements that emolyers utilize E-Verify. Because many employers do not have the time or resources to personally verify the employment eligibility and other critical information of all potential employees, ESR can provide this valuable services. Most critically, if an employee is not verified, ESR can help walk an employer through the necessary steps.
The I-9 service occurs within the first 72 hours of employment. To use the ESR E-Verify service, an employer simply provides ESR with the sign-up form below so that ESR can set-up an account for the employer. Then simply advise ESR each time you hire a new employee, and provide the means of verification used. In the event that a worker is NOT authorized, then ESR will assist you through the steps that must be taken.
For more information ESR E-Verify service, or to order this service, contact Employment Screening Resources (ESR).