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Ten Questions and Answers about Remote I-9 Verifications and E-Verify

What is E-Verify? 

E-Verify is a federal program that compares information submitted on Section 2 of Form I-9 against existing records from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). 


How Does E-Verify Work? 

E-Verify is an entirely online program. Employers submit New Hires’ I-9 information to E-Verify’s online portal, where it is then checked against federal records.  

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Does TrendSource offer I-9 Verification with E-Verify? 

Yes, TrendSource offers I-9 Verifications with E-Verify. E-Verify can be added to any I-9 Verification. 


Why Do Employers Use E-Verify? 

E-Verify gives employers an additional layer of certainty that they are in compliance with federal employment regulations, helping them to avoid costly penalties in the future.  


Is E-Verify Required? 

Certain states require E-Verify for all employers.  Others require it for public employers and contractors. Others don’t require it at all (but it is still a good idea!). If you are unsure about your local regulations, please reach out directly to E-Verify 

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Does E-Verify Work? 

E-Verify is consistently regarded as one of the government’s most functional services, regularly rated among the highest in user-satisfaction.  


Who Uses E-Verify? 

E-Verify is used by nearly 1,000,000 employers of all seizes across all 50 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, Guam and the US Virgin Islands.  


Do Employers who use E-Verify have Additional Compliance Responsibilities?

Yes, employers using E-Verify must post the Notice of E-Verify Participation poster provided by DHS and the Right to Work poster issued by Department of Justice, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section at the company’s hiring site. They should be provided with job application materials.  

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What is the History of E-Verify? Where did E-Verify Come From? 

E-Verify was created after the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, and in 2007 added photo matching capabilities. Though it changed names (from Basic Pilot Program), it has been in operation since the mid-1990s and has been continuously renewed by Congress.  


How Long does E-Verify Take? How long until I get my results from E-Verify? 

Since it is entirely online, E-Verify results are rapid—typically between 3-5 seconds.

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