E-Verify Overview

E-Verify Overview

E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from your Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Social Security Administration (SSA), and Department of State (DOS) 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” and “Right to Work” posters, shown below in both 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 have accepted an offer of employment and completed Form I-9, the employer takes the information from your Form I-9 and enters it into E-Verify. E-Verify checks the information against records available to DHS and provides the employer with a case result within 3-5 seconds.

Notice of E-Verify ParticipationRight to Work Poster
E-Verify Participation/Enrollment Notification
E-Verify Participation Poster
Provided by DHS
Right to Work poster
Issued by Department of Justice,
Immigrant and Employee Rights Section

Case Results

The case result indicates whether the information entered in E-Verify matches records available to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (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...


Employment Authorized

The information entered by the employer matches with DHS or SSA records

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 with DHS, SSA, or DOS records.

Your employer must inform you in private about the DHS or SSA TNC. Your employer must also give you the opportunity to take action (contest) to correct your DHS or SSA records. “”

Your employer may terminate your employment if:

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

A DHS or SSA TNC does not mean 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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