What is E Verify and why is it important? If you have done any reading or research on background checks and pre-employment screening, you may have come across the term “E Verify”. If you are not familiar with E Verify, here’s some information on this government program as it relates to the current workforce:
By law, companies are required to employ only those individuals who are legally allowed to work in the United States. These individuals can be U.S. citizens or foreign citizens who have the proper authorization to work in the U.S.
E Verify is a tool to safeguard against unauthorized employment in the United States. It’s an easy tool for employers to use. It’s also fast and free.
As the name would suggest, E Verify is an internet-based system. It compares information from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records. This is all done to confirm employment eligibility.
E Verify is fast and accurate, two huge benefits for employers. It is the only online service that allows for verification of employee data against millions of government records. Results can be provided in seconds, sometimes less than ten seconds.
According to The Department of Homeland Security, E Verify is used by more than half-a-million employers in the United States and is one of the federal government’s highest-rated services for customer satisfaction.
E Verify is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Verification Division, USCIS and the Social Security Administration.
The E Verify website has plenty of tools for employers, including how to sign up for the program. There is also a free webinar designed to help employers learn more about E Verify.
This is just another tool, like a comprehensive background check, to help employers in the hiring process.