E-Verify AND FORM I-9

Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, is the key element of E-Verify’s web-based employment eligibility verification. E-Verify electronically compares information the employer enters from Form I-9 to records available to the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This verification confirms an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States.

Although E-Verify uses information from Form I-9, there are some important differences between Form I-9 and E-Verify requirements.

Form I-9 E-Verify
Is mandatory Is voluntary for most employers
Does not require a Social Security number Requires a Social Security number*
Does not require a photo on identity documents (List B) Requires a photo on identity documents (List B)
Must be used to reverify expired employment authorization MAY NOT be used to reverify expired employment authorization