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Everything You Need to Know about E-Verify and Hiring in the U.S.


In this article, we will address a crucial topic for employers and employees in the United States: the E-Verify system. Although this system has been implemented for some time, especially in states like Alabama, there are still many questions about it. In this post, we will clarify the most important aspects of E-Verify and its impact on employment hiring.

What is E-Verify?

E-Verify is an electronic system created by a 1996 law on illegal immigration reform and immigrant responsibilities. This system allows employers to verify the eligibility of their employees to work legally in the United States. When a person seeks employment, they must fill out an I-9 form, providing the necessary documents for this verification.

Implementation and Obligation

In Alabama, any business with one or more employees must use E-Verify. In Florida, the law requires its use in companies with more than 25 employees. Over time, E-Verify has gained popularity and is now a standard tool in many states for hiring.

Current Statistics

Currently, more than 967,000 businesses in the U.S. are enrolled in E-Verify, with over 2.4 million hiring sites using this service. Each week, thousands of new businesses join the system, demonstrating its effectiveness and reliability.

Importance of E-Verify for Businesses

Businesses use E-Verify not only to comply with the law but also to ensure the authenticity of their employees’ documents. This is crucial in cases of identity theft or impersonation. Additionally, the system helps companies avoid financial penalties for hiring unauthorized personnel.

Photo Verification and Verification Processes

E-Verify includes a photo verification feature, allowing employers to compare the photo on the employee’s residency card with the one on government files. The system can yield various results, such as employment authorization, verification in process, or lack of final confirmation. In case of discrepancies, it is recommended to obtain a letter from Social Security to verify the authenticity of the provided number.

E-Verify is an essential system in the hiring process in the United States, providing security to both employers and employees. It is important to familiarize yourself with this system and understand how it works to better navigate the current labor landscape in the U.S.

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