USCIS Will Dispose of E-Verify Records Over Ten Years Old on May 14, 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On May 14, 2021, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will dispose of E-Verify records that are more than ten years old and dated on or before December 31, 2010. Employers have until May 14, 2021, to download case information from the Historic Records Report to retain information about these cases.

Employers are required to record the E-Verify case verification number on the corresponding Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, or attach a copy of the case details page to the Form I-9. Employers should retain the Historic Records Report with the Forms I-9, according to What’s New on the E-Verify website.

The USCIS – an agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – annually disposes of E-Verify employer records that are older than ten years in accordance with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) records retention and disposal schedule.

E-Verify is an Internet-based program that matches the information provided by employees on the Form I-9 to DHS and Social Security Administration (SSA) records. For more information and guidance, view the Instructions to Download Historic Records Report and the E-Verify Records Retention and Disposal Fact Sheet.

Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, which amended the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), all U.S. employers must verify the employment eligibility of new hires by completing the Form I-9 to ensure an employee’s work authorization status. To learn more about E-Verify, visit www.e-verify.gov.

Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – a leading global background check provider that was ranked the #1 screening firm by HRO Today – offers a robust Form I-9 and E-Verify solution that simplifies verifying employment eligibility to help employers maintain legal workforces. To learn more about ESR, visit www.esrcheck.com.

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