E-Verify and Form I-9

E-Verify and Form I-9

Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, is the core of E-Verify. E-Verify is an internet-based system that compares information from Form I-9 to government records to confirm that an employee is authorized to work in the U.S. 

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 employee’s Social Security number Requires employee’s 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

*If an individual has not yet been issued a Social Security number, the employer may contact E-Verify for further guidance. 

E-Verify is fast, free and easy to use. Employers can learn more about E-Verify at www.dhs.gov/E-Verify or by calling 888-464-4218 or 877-875-6028 (TTY).

Employees with questions about E-Verify may call 888-897-7781.

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