About the E-Verify® Program
On June 10, 2015, Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill into law making E-Verify® mandatory for all state agencies in Texas effective September 1, 2015
E-Verify® is an internet based employment eligibility verification system that electronically verifies an employee's identity and eligibility to work in the United States. The program was authorized by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA). For more information, please visit the E-Verify® website at https://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.
"E-Verify®." USCIS. N.p, 11 Feb. 2014. Web. 05 Aug. 2015.
How E-Verify® Works
The hiring manager enters the employee's information from Form I-9 into the E-Verify® system and submits the information to create a case. E-Verify® compares the information to records available to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, including:
- U.S. passport and visa information
- Immigration and naturalization records
- State -issued drivers licenses and identity document information
- Social Security Administration records
E-Verify® sometimes displays a photo for the employer to compare to the photo on the employee's document to ensure the document photo has not been altered.
If the information matches, the case will receive an Employment Authorized result almost immediately. If the information does not match, the case will receive a Tentative Non-confirmation result.
E-Verify® and Form I-9
Form I-9 is the key element of E-Verify's® internet-based employment eligibility verification. E-Verify® compares information the employer enters from Form I-9 to records available to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This electronic verification confirms an employee's identity and eligibility to work in the United States.
Although E-Verify® uses information from Form I-9, there are some important differences between Form I-9 and E-Verify® requirements.
Comparison of Form I-9 and E-Verify®
|Is mandatory||Is voluntary for most businesses|
|Does not require a Social Security number||Requires a Social Security number*|
|Does not require a photo on identity documents (List B)||Requires a photo on identity documents (List B)|
|Must be used to re-verify expired employment authorization||MAY NOT be used to re-verify expired employment authorization|
"E-Verify®." USCIS. N.p., 18 Jan. 2014. Web. 05 Aug. 2015.