E-Verify Changes and Reminders

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Employers who use E-Verify to confirm their employees are eligible to work in the United States will be required to reset their E-Verify password, security questions, and answers when they log in to the system on or after December 16, 2018. The E-Verify system will be making changes to its user interface to give more self-service options such as automatic password resets. E-Verify is required for employers with certain federal contracts and is mandatory for many employers in certain states, including South Carolina and Georgia. More than 40 million E-Verify queries were run during FY2018, with Georgia leading the nation with more than 3.5 million cases. To enroll in E-Verify, employers electronically sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) after creating an account on the E-Verify website. Employers are reminded that in no way should E-Verify be used to pre-screen applicants, and employees who were hired before the employer signed the MOU should not be run through E-Verify except in certain limited circumstances. To ensure compliance with E-Verify rules and regulations, employers should speak to someone experienced in immigration law to avoid potential non-compliance issues or misuse of the program.

For questions on immigration matters, please contact Melissa Azallion (MAzallion@mcnair.net) or Jonathan Eggert (JEggert@mcnair.net) on McNair’s immigration team at (843) 785-2171. McNair’s immigration team is also excited to announce it will be combining with Burr and Forman on January 1, 2019.

 

Employers who use E-Verify to confirm their employees are eligible to work in the United States will be required to reset their E-Verify password, security questions, and answers when they log in to the system on or after December 16, 2018. The E-Verify system will be making changes to its user interface to give more self-service options such as automatic password resets. E-Verify is required for employers with certain federal contracts and is mandatory for many employers in certain states, including South Carolina and Georgia. More than 40 million E-Verify queries were run during FY2018, with Georgia leading the nation with more than 3.5 million cases. To enroll in E-Verify, employers electronically sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) after creating an account on the E-Verify website. Employers are reminded that in no way should E-Verify be used to pre-screen applicants, and employees who were hired before the employer signed the MOU should not be run through E-Verify except in certain limited circumstances. To ensure compliance with E-Verify rules and regulations, employers should speak to someone experienced in immigration law to avoid potential non-compliance issues or misuse of the program.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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