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No, E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares the information a participating employer enters from an employee’s Form I-9 with SSA and DHS records to electronically verify the newly hired employee’s employment eligibility. E-Verify does not share an employee’s immigration status with an employer: Employers will only see the employee’s employment eligibility status.

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Yes, you may enroll only the locations that will create E-Verify cases in the E-Verify employer access method. This location can create cases for one or several hiring sites. During enrollment, your company may indicate the number of hiring sites and the name(s) of the program administrator(s) associated with that verification location. You will need to sign only one MOU.

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USCIS does not certify or endorse Form I-9 or E-Verify products or services developed by private companies. The E-Verify Memorandum of Understanding states that an employer or employer agent cannot describe its services as federally-approved, federally-certified, or federally-recognized, or use language with a similar intent on its website or other public materials, and that entering into a MOU does not mean E-Verify endorses any services.

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How your company enrolls in E-Verify depends on how your company is organized and which locations will use E-Verify. Several options are listed below:

  • Option 1: Enroll all of your locations that will use E-Verify in the employer access method and sign an individual memorandum of understanding (MOU) for each location. This means that each location will create their cases in E-Verify.
  • Option 2: Enroll only the locations that will create E-Verify cases in the E-Verify employer access method. These locations can create cases for one or several hiring sites. During enrollment, your company may indicate the number of hiring sites and the name(s) of the program administrator(s) associated with the location. Your company will only sign one MOU for each location that will create cases in E-Verify. While this option offers employers a simple setup and the need to sign just one MOU, your company will not be able to monitor cases by hiring site.
  • Option 3: Enroll in the E-Verify corporate administrator access method and link any locations already enrolled in the E-Verify employer access method to the corporate administrator account. A corporate administrator account is an optional tool that is useful to a company that plans to create E-Verify cases from multiple locations and wants to link those sites to a single central account for management and reporting. The corporate administrator account allows you to enroll new locations and manage the accounts of each of your locations enrolled in E-Verify. A corporate administrator account on its own does not permit the creation of E-Verify cases, so it does not require an MOU. However, an MOU must be signed for each of your locations that will create cases in E-Verify.
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Yes, the E-Verify MOU for Employers, Employer Agents, Employers using an E-Verify Employer Agent, Web Services Employers, Web Services E-Verify Employer Agents, and Employers using a Web Services E-Verify Employer Agent are all found on the resources page.

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How your company decides to enroll in E-Verify depends on how your company is organized and which locations will use E Verify. E-Verify collects the Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) during enrollment, however, this number does not dictate which locations are enrolled in E-Verify. It is important to read the access method information during enrollment to determine the most appropriate access method for your company.

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An access method is a type of E-Verify account that determines who creates and manages the employer’s E-Verify cases. The access method you choose depends on the characteristics and preference of your organization, and is determined during the enrollment process. See our Access Method Overview for an in-depth discussion of each method.

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E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to DHS data and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility.

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A legal document describing a bilateral or multilateral agreement between/among parties. It constitutes a legally binding contract when properly executed (i.e., signed) by all the parties. Employers who participate in E-Verify must sign the E-Verify MOU, the agreement between the employer, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) and sets the terms of conditions of participation in the program.

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You may enroll in E-Verify through the E-Verify enrollment website: https://e-verify.uscis.gov/enroll/.
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