The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Tuesday that it has a new website dedicated to electronic employment eligibility verification.
E-Verify.gov is now the central source for all information on E-Verify, the free Department of Homeland Security system that allows employers to determine whether their employees can legally work in the United States. The tool, established in 1997, compares data from an employee’s Form I-9 with information from DHS and the Social Security Administration and can often confirm employment eligibility within seconds.
The new “user-friendly website” includes information on employer responsibilities under E-Verify, as well as employee rights. It’s more streamlined for employers too — “E-Verify.gov allows employers to enroll in E-Verify directly and permits current users to access their accounts,” the agency said.
“For the past decade, E-Verify has been the cornerstone of our continued commitment to helping employers maintain a legal workforce,” USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna said in a statement. “E-Verify.gov now allows users to better understand and navigate through the employment verification process.”
Previously, this kind of information was available on uscis.gov but was fragmented across pages. E-Verify.gov gives the program a centralized home, a USCIS spokesperson told FedScoop. “E-Verify.gov will be devoted to all issues associated with employment verification,” the spokesperson said in an email. “The new site is designed to be user friendly, easy to navigate and contain clear content. It will walk users through the verification process and address questions along the way.”
E-Verify is a voluntary program for most U.S. employers. According to E-Verify.gov, it is used by over 750,000 employers, and about 1,400 more register to join each week.