What is E-Verify?

E-Verify is an Internet-based program run by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify compares information from an employee’s Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 to data from DHS and SSA government records. If the information matches, the employee is eligible to work in the United States. If there is a mismatch, E-Verify alerts the employer and the employee must take steps to resolve the inconsistency within a limited time period.

The use of E-Verify is mandatory for the following groups:

  1. Federal government agencies
  2. Federal contractors and subcontractors
  3. Companies with employees who are in F-1 status and working with the company during their OPT STEM extension

Outside of these groups, participation in E-Verify is voluntary. You can find more information on this program here.

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