E-Verify (formerly Basic Pilot Program) is available on the Internet for all U.S. employers seeking to verify the employment eligibility of new hires.
Employers interested in using E-Verify (formerly Basic Pilot Program) must first register online and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). To register and complete a MOU for participation in the E-Verify go to http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1185221678150.shtm, and follow the instructions.
Upon completion and online submittal of the MOU, the employer will receive email confirmation of his or her company’s willful participation in the Basic Pilot Program including a new User ID and temporary password.
Prior to initially accessing E-Verify online, employers must complete a Web-Based Tutorial that familiarizes new users with the policies and procedures of E-Verify.
Once a user has been granted total access to E-Verify's online service, user-friendly help devices including mouse-over text hints and tips are provided to assist in navigating the website and to ensure ease of use.
Upon completion of the online registration, employers may grant access to the company’s E-Verify account by determining additional user accounts. There are three types of user options to choose from and allocate accordingly.
Program Administrator – The person responsible for registering the company is automatically defaulted as the Program Administrator. A Program Administrator can perform queries, add or delete other Program Administrators or General Users, unlock user accounts, update site information and view reports.
General User – A general user can perform employment verification queries, view user reports, and update his or her personal user profile information, e.g., name change, new phone or fax number, etc.
Corporate Administrator – A Corporate Administrator can create and manage multiple company accounts, view reports for multiple company sites, as well as create and administer new and existing user accounts.
All users are granted the capability to view and print their own reports. These reports provide statistics on the queries performed by the user(s) designated within your company.
Designated Agent - In the event your business would like to choose an outside company (Designated Agent) to conduct E-Verify on your behalf, you must register and sign a MOU that sets forth the responsibilities of the Designated Agent, the USCIS and the SSA. Your company must also enter into a MOU with the Designated Agent, the USCIS and SSA establishing and defining the responsibilities for all parties.
To register go to https://www.vis-dhs.com/employerregistration and select "Designated Agent Registration." For questions relating to Designated Agent, please call the USCIS SAVE Program located in Washington, DC, toll-free at 1-888-464-4218.
Additional Features Available
In addition to numerous administrative features provided to users, the E-Verify website also offers several employment verification and immigration-related resources including:
- A Guide to Selected Travel and Identity Documents
- E-Verify notices to be posted in your company’s hiring area.
- Spanish and English versions of E-Verify Notice of Tentative Nonconfirmation and Basic Pilot Referral Notices.
- Daily press releases from the Public Affairs Office
- “Employer Bulletins” issued by the Office of Business Liaison
Opting Out of E-Verify (formerly Basic Pilot Program)
If your company joins the program and later decides that E-Verify does not provide the results anticipated or simply is not what you expected, you may drop out of the pilot by sending written notice and brief explanation to E-Verify indicating that your company no longer wants to participate.
For more information, contact:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
ULLICO, 4th Floor
Attention: E-Verify Program
Washington, DC 20529
Tel. (888) 464-4218