U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced the trial launch of E-Verify+, an upcoming service that integrates Form I-9 with the E-Verify employment eligibility verification process.

Key Points:

  • The E-Verify+ portal allows the employee to directly input their personal information and documentation, which the employer can then review and approve.
  • Once signed electronically by both the employer and employee, the I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, is automatically completed and ready for download and/or archiving.
  • E-Verify+ cases are managed in the same location as other E-Verify cases.
  • Employees will be contacted directly if they can’t be verified immediately, eliminating the need for employers to deliver a further action notice that slows down the process.
  • Most previously verified employees will be able to carry that status with subsequent employers.

Additional Information: The E-Verify program was initially launched in 1996 as part of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act to help employers confirm employee eligibility for working in the United States. The new E-Verify+ features will be part of the E-Verify system employers use today, allowing them to choose a standard E-Verify case or an E-Verify+ case. USCIS expects to significantly decrease errors by having employees directly input their information and documentation. An overview video of E-Verify+ can be watched here.

All current users of E-Verify should note that as of June 25, the E-Verify account login page will only be accessible through everify.uscis.gov.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice Group.

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