Q & A – How does E-Verify work?

Q: How does E-Verify work?

A: E-Verify is to be used in conjunction with the I-9 form and is not a substitute for an employer’s responsibilities under the Immigration Reform and Control Act.  It allows employers to verify electronically the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees, regardless of citizenship.  E-Verify may not be used on existing employees (unless the employer is a qualifying federal contractor) and it can only be used after the employee and the employer have completed an I-9 form.

Based on the information provided by the employee on his or her I-9 form, E-Verify electronically checks identity and employment eligibility information against records contained in DHS and Social Security Administration (SSA) databases.  For those individuals identifying as U.S. citizens on the I-9 form, E-Verify only confirms information through the SSA database.