USCIS Reminds Employers to Complete E-Verify Verification Process26 Feb 2018
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) issued a reminder to employers enrolled in the E-Verify program to properly and fully complete the E-Verify process. The bulletin explains the steps necessary for employers to complete the verification process and reminds employers of the importance in completing this step.
Background on E-Verify Program
The E-Verify program is a voluntary system for employers to verify the work authorization of all employees. E-Verify is sometimes a prerequisite for employers’ participation in certain government programs. For example, an employer that will be sponsoring an F-1 student for a STEM optional practical training (OPT) extension must be enrolled in E-Verify.
Closure of Cases Necessary for Completion of Process
The USCIS bulletin reminds employers of the necessary steps to complete the entire E-Verify process. An employer enrolled in E-Verify must close each case that receives a final result. In order to do so, the employer must access the online E-Verify system and select an appropriate “case closure statement.” The employer then should either record the verification number on the employee’s I-9 or print the details and file it with the I-9.
This bulletin does not provide any new or additional information, but rather is meant to serve as a reminder to employers to ensure their compliance with the E-Verify requirements. Employers using E-Verify should be sure to review their accounts regularly and to make every effort to close out their cases in a timely manner to be fully compliant with the program.
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