E-Verify Toolkit and Overview for Employees

Thursday, November 1, 2012
The USCIS recently created a toolkit for employees to help educate them about E-Verify. The Toolkit includes helpful video, radio, and print materials that explain E-Verify and Self Check as well as “Know your Rights” information for the employee. More specifically, the Toolkit provides frequently asked questions and instructions on completing Self Check, the E-Verify process, and an outline of employees rights, responsibilities, and contact information should discrimination occur. You may check out the Toolkit at: Employee Rights Toolkit.

E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from your Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) records to confirm that you are authorized to work in the United States. Though participation in E-Verify is required of some employers, most employers participate voluntarily.

How do I know if an employer uses E-Verify?

An employer that participates in E-Verify must post the ‘Notice of E-Verify Participation’ and ‘Right to Work’ poster(s) in both English and Spanish at the company’s hiring location. If the posters cannot be displayed at the hiring location they should be provided to you with your job application materials.

How does my employer use E-Verify?

Once you have accepted an offer of employment and completed Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, your employer takes the information you provided on Form I-9 and enters it into E-Verify. E-Verify then checks the information against DHS and SSA records and provides your employer with a case result within 3-5 seconds.

The case result indicates if the information entered in E-Verify matches with DHS and SSA records. E-Verify does not provide your employer with any immigration, citizenship status or document information about you.

Can I check my records before an employer uses E-Verify?

Yes. The Self Check service is a free, Internet-based application that can be used by a U.S. worker over the age of 16 to confirm his or her employment eligibility. Visit the Self Check Website for additional information.
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