1.1 Purpose Of This Document

This Self-Assessment Guide (SAG) for E-Verify Direct Access Users is designed to assist E-Verify employers who access E-Verify directly to create and manage their own cases. This guide helps employers comply with the requirements provided in the E-Verify User Manual, the E-Verify Memorandum of Understanding for Employers (MOU) and assists in improving overall reliability and ease of use of E-Verify.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recommends that E-Verify employers establish a process to ensure they are complying with Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and E-Verify statutes, regulations, and requirements. This guide provides information on creating and maintaining effective compliance and self assessment processes that will help you to:

  • Detect, resolve, and prevent noncompliant activities quickly and effectively;
  • Enhance the efficiency of your employment eligibility verification processes and human resource management; and
  • Promote proper use of E-Verify.

This guide also helps participating E-Verify employers comply with related employment eligibility verification requirements as described in the Handbook for Employers (M-274), E- Verify Supplemental Guide for Federal Contractors (if applicable), E-Verify User Manual, and the E-Verify tutorial. E-Verify compliance means meeting the terms of the MOU, E-Verify guidance and applicable laws, including the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA). DHS encourages employers enrolled in E-Verify to establish a process for complying with the statutes, regulations, and requirements that pertain to both the Form I-9 process and E- Verify.

The Self-Assessment Cycle Info Graphic shows in clockwise order: Access Self-Assessment Checklist and Completed Checklist, an arrow labeled Issues Discovered pointing to Compliance Assistance and Internal Training, an arrow labeled Issues Corrected pointing to Employer Users Access E-Verify, an arrow labeled Cases pointing to E-Verify, then an arrow labeled Case History
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