A Basic Guide to E-Verify and Related Immigration Compliance: Everything Federal Contractors and Others Need to Know to Comply with E-Verify Requirements

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What is E-Verify1

E-Verify is an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that allows participating employers2 to verify3 electronically the identity4 and employment eligibility of their newly hired employees, regardless of citizenship. Specifically, the SSA5 will verify that the name, Social Security number, and date of birth are correct, and the DHS will verify that the employee is in an employment-authorized immigration status.

Until recently, participation in E-Verify was completely voluntary. E-Verify expanded to all 50 states on December 1, 2004, and in the last few years - and particularly in 2008 - many states began making E-Verify mandatory6 for their public contractors and the federal government enacted its own amendment to the Federal Acquisition Regulation ("FAR") mandating E-Verify for many of its contractors and some of their subcontractors.7

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