The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – released several new enhancements for the E-Verify Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program on September 16, 2012 that will go into effect immediately, according to the ‘What’s New’ page on the USCIS website. For more information about E-Verify, visit: http://www.dhs.gov/e-verify.
The new enhancements will improve the user experience with E-Verify, a free internet-based system from the federal government that compares information from the ‘Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification’ that employers must complete for all newly-hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States with records in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) databases. These enhancements will include:
- E-Verify will now support Internet Explorer (version 6.0 and above) as well as three new browser types: Firefox (version 3.0 and above), Chrome (version 7.0 and above), and Safari (version 4.0 and above).
- A new Quick Audit Report will allow companies to report their E-Verify activity to federal, state, or local government entities when required. This Excel report displays case data but does not include sensitive employee information such as Social Security numbers, or document numbers.
- New fields will help to reduce instances of tentative nonconfirmations for employees who provide a foreign passport. If an employee provides a foreign passport, the employer should record the country of issuance and foreign passport number on Form I-9 and enter the information when creating an E-Verify case.
The E-Verify enhancements also include new features for corporate administrators:
- A new Web-based tutorial replaces the live webinar training required of new Corporate Administrators. The tutorial also serves as a resource for existing Corporate Administrators. To access the E-Verify Tutorial for Corporate Administrators, select the ‘Take Tutorial’ link under My Resources in the left-hand navigation menu.
- A new E-Verify User Manual for Corporate Administrators is now available from the ‘View User Manual’ link under My Resources in the left-hand navigation menu.
In addition, the enhancements include showing work authorization with the ‘Form I-94, Arrival-Departure Record,’ a document that can show that a person is allowed to work in the United States. Currently, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) may take up to 45 days after people arrive in the United States to put their Form I-94 information into its system. E-Verify uses this system to help confirm people are authorized to work. If an employer uses E-Verify, a newly hired employee may present an unexpired foreign passport along with an unexpired Form I-94 when completing the Form I-9 during the 45-day period to help avoid a delay in completing E-Verify processing.
As reported previously in the ESR News blog in August 2012, the USCIS announced that, until further notice, employers in the United States should continue to use the current version the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 (Rev. 08/07/09) even after its Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number expiration date of August 31, 2012. The current version the Form I-9 is available at: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf. The USCIS will provide updated information about the new version of the Form I-9 as it becomes available.
The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 made it unlawful for an employer “to hire, or to recruit or refer for a fee, for employment in the United States an alien knowing the alien is an unauthorized alien.” Federal law requires every employer hiring an individual for employment in the U.S. to verify his or her identity and employment authorization through completion of a Form I-9. In an attempt to improve the employment eligibility verification process, the U.S. Congress created E-Verify.
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), more than 353,000 employers use E-Verify at nearly 900,000 worksites, and approximately 1,200 new businesses sign up for the program each week. While federal law mandates that federal contractors and subcontractors in all states use E-Verify, several U.S. states have also enacted laws mandating E-Verify usage. A Designated E-Verify Employer Agent can help employers with Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance. To learn more, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/formi9.php.
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