How Does E-Verify Work for Employment in the United States?

Any foreign-born individual already employed or seeking employment in the United States is familiar with E-Verify. E-Verify is a free, user-friendly, online system that compares information from various sources to confirm you are authorized to work in this country. E-Verify is mandatory for many workplaces, including government agencies; others utilize E-Verify voluntarily as it offers instant case results for potential prospects to expedite the hiring process.

E-Verify and Personal Information

The internet-based E-Verify system taps into many different resources to verify a user’s employment status, including:

  • United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification
  • Social Security Administration (SSA)

Once you are hired for a job, you will complete Form I-9. From there, your potential employer enters it into E-Verify, which is cross-checked against DHS records to produce a case result within seconds.

Understanding E-Verify Case Results

After entering your I-9 information into E-Verify, the system returns a case result immediately. You are either classified as:

Employment Authorized: Information submitted to E-Verify matches records on file with SSA and/or DHS. With the case result, you are authorized to work in the United States. Your employer can close your E-Verify account, or

DHS or SSA Tentative Non-Confirmation (TNC): Information submitted to E-Verify does not match that on file with DHS and/or SSA. You have the right to contest the TNC with no adverse action from your employer. However, you can be terminated if you do not contest the TNC or if you do not ultimately receive authorization to work in the United States.

You have eight days to contest your TNC. If your TNC is the result of an error on your immigration record, you can find detailed instructions on how to correct it with the appropriate agency on the E-Verify website. Your Philadelphia immigration lawyer is another invaluable resource for updating your information and contesting a TNC. Some job seekers have concerns about E-Verify and how it relates to their immigration status. Yet, E-Verify does not give any existing or potential employer details regarding your citizenship or immigration status. It is simply used to match the information you provide on your I-9 with what is already on file with the DHS.

More information about E-Verify employment eligibility verification system, your rights as a new employee, and how to contest a TNC can be found on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. Help Clients Seeking Legal Employment in the United States

If you are seeking employment in the United States but have questions about your status or E-Verify authorization, the Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. can help. We can help you contest a TNC due to system error or inaccurate DHS data. Call us at 215-925-4435 or contact us online for an initial consultation today. Located in Philadelphia, we represent clients throughout Pennsylvania and nationwide.