E-Verify OVERVIEW

E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from your Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) records to confirm that you are authorized to work in the United States. Though participation in E-Verify is required of some employers, most employers participate voluntarily.

An employer that participates in 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, shown below in English and Spanish, at the company’s hiring location. If the posters cannot be displayed at the hiring location, they should be provided to you with your job application materials.

Once you accept an offer of employment and complete Form I-9, the employer takes the information from your Form I-9 and enters it into E-Verify. E-Verify compares your information against records available to DHS and provides the employer with a case result within 3 to 5 seconds.

E-Verify Participation/Enrollment Notification
Notice of E-Verify Participation Right to Work Poster
E-Verify Participation Poster IER Right to Work Poster

Case Results

The case result indicates whether the information entered in E-Verify matches records available to the DHS. E-Verify does not provide your employer with any immigration, citizenship status, or document information about you.

If the E-Verify case result is... Then...

Employment Authorized

The information entered matched records available to DHS and/or SSA.

You are authorized to work and your employer simply closes your E-Verify case.

No additional action is required by you.

DHS or SSA Tentative Nonconfirmation (TNC)

The information entered by the employer does not match records available to DHS and/or SSA.

If you choose to contest the TNC, your employer cannot take any adverse action against you.

Your employer may terminate your employment if:

  • You decide not to contest the TNC.
  • You receive a Final Nonconfirmation result indicating your work authorization cannot be confirmed.

A DHS or SSA TNC means that the information your employer entered in E-Verify from your Form I-9 did not match records available to DHS or SSA. A DHS or SSA TNC case result does not necessarily mean that you are not authorized to work in the United States. If your employer informs you that your E-Verify case received a DHS or SSA TNC, review the Employee Rights and Responsibilities page for information on what you can do.

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