What is E-Verify?

If you’ve been employed in the U.S. anytime over the last several decades, you’ve probably filled out a Form I-9 and provided identification documents that prove you’re authorized to work in the U.S.

But more recently, the federal government has introduced a system called E-Verify that allows employers to further validate your identity and your U.S. employment eligibility.

E-verify is an online program managed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) where employers can verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.

Who Uses E-Verify?

Unlike Form I-9, which is a requirement for every employer, not every employer uses E-Verify. Some employers are required to use E-Verify by law, such as federal and state government contractors and sub-contractors. There are also several states that require all employers in the state to use E-Verify.

Many employers that aren’t required to use E-Verify opt to use E-Verify as another step to confirm their employees are all legally authorized to work in the U.S.