Federal Government Rings In 2011 with Enhancements to E-Verify

The New Year brings some enhancements to the online employment eligibility verification tool known as E-Verify. While its use remains voluntary for most employers, E-Verify begins 2011 with a record number of enrolled employers and an unprecedented number of employees screened.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued the first edition of “E-Verify Connection,” an online publication devoted to providing news and information for users of E-Verify. The newsletter, expected to be published several times a year, can be viewed here.

 

 
Also new to E-Verify in 2011 is an enhanced photo screening tool designed to help employers detect fraudulent documents. The photo screening tool allows employers to compare the photographs on I-9 documents with those contained in federal government databases to ensure that the photographs have not been altered. Until recently, only photographs from certain green cards and employment authorization documents have appeared in the system. Now, employers will have access to U.S. passport photographs. In the coming months, employers also will have access to photographs contained in driving records from certain states.

 

“The government is spending a lot of time, money, and effort on E-Verify,” says Ryan Adair, MSEC’s Manager of Immigration Services. “It’s pretty clear that E-Verify is the future of employment eligibility verification, and employers are going to have to become comfortable with using it.”
 
With its expansion, E-Verify has become more accurate. The most recent statistics indicate that the system has an error rate of approximately 2 percent.