E-Verify (formerly Basic Pilot Program) is an Internet-based system operated by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA).
E-Verify is currently free to employers and is available in all 50 states. E-Verify provides an automated link to federal databases to help employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. (Click questions below for official answers from USCIS)
- Am I Required to Participate?
- Why should I consider participating in the program?
- How many employers currently participate in E-Verify?
- How Do I Register for participation in E-Verify?
- Our company has several hiring sites interested in participating in E-Verify. Each site will be conducting the verification process for its newly hired employees. How should these sites register?
- If I sign one MOU, can I use a controlled rollout to implement E-Verfiy across the organization?
- After an employer registers, how does the program work?
- Can I verify the immigration status of a new hire that is not a U.S. citizen?
- What information is required to conduct an E-Verify initial verification?
- When may an employer initiate a query under E-Verfiy?
- What is the required timeframe for conducting an employment eligibility check on a newly hired employee?
- Which employees should be verified through the system?
- I would like to use electronic I-9s for my employees. Does USCIS offer a system that would automatically generate E-Verify queries from the electronic I-9s?
- I am an employer with multiple hiring sites. Can one site verify everyone? How?
- What is an E-Verfiy Third Party Agent for the E-Verify Program?
- What is a Corporate Administrator for the E-Verify Program?
- Can I terminate at any time?
- Does participation in E-Verify provide safe harbor from worksite enforcement?
- Is there a "batch access" method in the system?
To find out more about E-Verify, please contact USCIS at 1-888-464-4218.