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E-Verify provides your company the following benefits:
  • Allows you to verify that your employees are authorized to work in the United States and provides a response in as little as three to five seconds
  • Provides extensive resources to assist you, including training, webinars and a dedicated hotline
  • Is free of charge
  • Provides a “rebuttable presumption” that you are in compliance with employment eligibility laws and
  • Your state may require the use of E-Verify
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No, once an account is closed, employers will no longer have access to their account and associated records. To preserve the records from an E-Verify account, create and retain a user audit report before the account is closed. E-Verify case information and documentation must be retained for your employees for the same length of time as their Forms I-9.

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In order for employees, applicants and the public to have the most recent and complete information regarding E-Verify, employers should replace their participation posters when updates are provided by USCIS. The latest E-Verify Participation Posters are available in E-Verify.

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The E-Verify Federal contractor rule requires that the FAR E-Verify clause be added to applicable federal contracts issued on or after September 8, 2009. The clause is a term in the contract in which federal contractors commit to use E-Verify to verify that all of their new hires and all employees (existing and new) assigned to a federal contract are authorized to work in the United States.

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No, E-Verify does not replace the legal requirement to complete and retain Form I-9. E-Verify verifies the employment authorization of new hires based on the information they provide on Form I-9. You still must retain and store Form I-9 in either paper, electronic, or microfilm/microfiche format for as long as the employee works for you, and then for the required retention period.

See The Handbook for Employers: Instructions for Completing Form I-9 (M-274) for more information on retention of Form I-9.

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