E-Verify 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. It provides an automated link to existing federal databases to help employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers. While its usage remains voluntary throughout the country, some states have passed legislation making its use mandatory for certain businesses.
A map of states that have taken action against the hiring of illegal aliens by requiring some (or all) businesses to use E-Verify. States in red or orange have taken no steps to curb the hiring of illegal workers who wish to compete for jobs with American workers. States with all other colors have taken some steps to curb illegal hiring.
NumbersUSA endorsement letter for Rep. Lamar Smith's E-Verify bill, H.R.1147
As an employer, you want to do the right thing. But how can you insure that your prospective hire has a legal right to work in the United States? The simple solution: use E-Verify (formerly Basic Pilot Program) , the Department of Homeland Security's Electronic Employment Verification Program. E-Verify enables employers to quickly and easily verify the work authorization of their newly hired employees. E-Verify does this by providing access to the Verification Information System (VIS) database.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has reintroduced his Legal Workforce Act, H.R. 1772, that would require all employers in the United States to use the E-Verify system within three years. The bill was first introduced in the last Congress where it passed through the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Smith was joined by 21 original cosponsors of the legislation.