To commemorate reaching a significant milestone of 500,000 employers enrolled in the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system at the end of 2013, the E-Verify website has unveiled a brand new look with more simple language and easy-to-follow graphics. To see the new look E-Verify website, visit http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify. To read a press release, visit http://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/half-million-companies-now-participate-e-verify-0. Continue reading
In December 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released new and revised Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) related to the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification program. The MOUs have a revision date of June 1, 2013 that may be found at the bottom of each MOU page. The revised MOUs became effective for new users on December 8, 2013. For existing users, the effective date is January 8, 2014. To view the MOUs, visit http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify/publications/memos/publications-memorandums.
The MOUs are tailored to each E-Verify access method – Employer Access or Employer Agent Access and Browser Users or Web Services Users. USCIS retitled and revised three current MOUs for E-Verify browser users and also added three new MOUs for Web Services users and developers. According to a E-Verify MOU Fact Sheet from USCIS:
- The E-Verify enrollment process has not changed. New users will review and execute the new or revised version of the MOU that applies to their access method during enrollment. The effective date of the MOU for new users is December 8, 2013.
- Existing users will not need to execute a new MOU, but are bound by any and all enhancements to the E-Verify program including the new or revised MOU that applies to their access method. The effective date of the MOU for existing users is January 8, 2014.
- Existing users are strongly encouraged to review and become familiar with the new or revised MOU that applies to their access method.
All of the new and revised MOUs include improved language and organization to make them clearer and easier to understand. Changes include:
- MOU titles that clearly identify the access method to which the MOU applies.
- More plain language, active voice and reorganized content to improve flow and readability.
- Bullets have been changed to letters and numbers to make searching and citation easier.
- Lengthy sections have been broken up.
The new and revised MOUs also include several updated provisions, such as enhanced privacy protections and instructions for reporting privacy and security breaches. The E-Verify MOU Fact Sheet from USCIS – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – is available at http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Verification/E-Verify/E-Verify_Native_Documents/Fact-Sheet-E-Verify-MOU.pdf.
The updates to the MOUs will be reviewed in a free ‘E-Verify for Existing Users’ webinar on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM EST. To attend the session, visit https://connect16.uc.att.com/EventEntry/Websites/?VaccId=uscis&ExEventID=83363072. The full free E-Verify webinar schedule is available at http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify/e-verify-webinars/take-free-webinar.
E-Verify is a free web-based program that allows employers to verify the employment eligibility of newly hired employees to work in the United States. Employers submit information taken from the Form I-9 all new hires must complete through E-Verify to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to see if the information matches government records. For more information about E-Verify, visit http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.
A Designated E-Verify Employer Agent such as Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a nationwide background check firm accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) – can help employers with E-Verify and Form I-9 compliance. For more information about E-Verify services from ESR, visit http://www.esrcheck.com, call Toll Free 888.999.4474, or email email@example.com.
About Employment Screening Resources® (ESR):
Founded by safe hiring expert Attorney Les Rosen in the San Francisco, CA-area in 1997, Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’– provides accurate and actionable information that empowers employers to make informed hiring decisions for the benefit of their organizations, employees, and the public. CEO Rosen literally wrote the book on background checks with “The Safe Hiring Manual” and ESR is accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction held by a small percent of screening firms. Employers choosing ESR know they have selected an agency meeting the highest industry standards. To learn more about ESR, visit http://www.esrcheck.com, call toll free 888.999.4474, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that a new security enhancement to the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility system program will help combat identity fraud by identifying and deterring fraudulent use of Social Security numbers (SSNs) for employment eligibility verification. The complete announcement from the USCIS is available at http://www.uscis.gov/news/new-security-enhancement-helps-e-verify-deter-employee-fraud. Continue reading
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has launched its latest crackdown on Form I-9 compliance and the hiring illegal workers by handing a Notice of Inspection (NOI) to approximately 1,000 businesses in the past few weeks, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) available at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324755104579071331936331534.html.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released the results of the most recent Westat Survey titled ‘EVALUATION OF THE ACCURACY OF E-VERIFY FINDINGS’ conducted on the accuracy of the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system. The full 145-page report – completed in July 2012 but only now being released to the public a year later – is available online at: http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Verification/E-Verify/E-Verify_Native_Documents/Everify%20Studies/Evaluation%20of%20the%20Accuracy%20of%20EVerify%20Findings.pdf. Continue reading
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a notice in the Federal Register on July 16, 2013 asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve an information gathering project to obtain data about the usefulness and efficiency of the E-Verify employment eligibility verification program through a Web-based survey of employers across the country. The notice from USCIS – the government agency overseeing lawful immigration to the United States – is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-07-16/html/2013-16968.htm. Continue reading
On July 1, 2013, the final phase of laws passed in Georgia and North Carolina – Georgia House Bill 87, the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011” and North Carolina Session Law 2011-263 House Bill 36 – take effect and mandate the use of E-Verify for most private companies in those states. Georgia employers with more than ten employees and North Carolina employers with more than twenty five employees must begin using the E-Verify employment eligibility verification program to check work authorization for all new hires. For more information about E-Verify, visit http://www.dhs.gov/e-verify. Continue reading
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is offering six additional free educational Form I-9 webinars that highlight the new features of the revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) N that all employers must begin using by May 7, 2013. The new Form I-9 is available for immediate use by employers to comply with their employment eligibility verification responsibilities at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf. Continue reading
Both houses of Congress have agreed on legislation – H.R. 933: Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 – that includes a grant of $111,924,000 to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for necessary expenses for the E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program. To read the full text of H.R. 933, visit http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr933/text. Continue reading
On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Rev. 03/08/13)N that employers should begin using immediately for all new hires and re-verifications. However, since the USCIS recognizes employers may need additional time to allow for use of the new form, employers may continue to use previously accepted revisions (Rev.02/02/09)N and (Rev. 08/07/09)Y for a 60-day period until May 7, 2013. After that date, all U.S. employers must use the revised Form I-9. The new Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N is available at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf. Continue reading