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The United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) launched the E-Verify System to help employers avoid the legal snafu of unintentionally hiring individuals who are not authorized to work in the Unites States.  

How to use the E-Verify system.
The employee must complete section 1 of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, no later than the first day of employment. 

The employer (or the employer's agent) must complete section 2 of the Form I-9, no later than three business days after the new-hire's start date (the date entered in section 1). The information is then submitted to E-Verify over the Internet.

To validate the new-hire's employment eligibility, the E-Verify System electronically compares the information submitted by the employee, to that stored in databases maintained by the SSA and USCIS.

If the E-Verify System determines that the new-hire is authorized to work in the U.S.A., it displays an "Employment Authorized" message. If it cannot verify the new-hire's employment eligibility, it displays a "Tentative Non-confirmation" message.

The new-hire is entitled to contest the results through the appropriate government agency while continuing to work at his or her job.

E-Verify participation is currently voluntary for most employers, but is required for every U.S. employer engaged in contracts with the federal government.

Note: Several states have already made participation mandatory by law for certain employers and several states are considering similar laws.


  • US law requires companies to hire only individuals who are legally authorized to work in the United States.

  • E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the work eligibility of their employees on-line.