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Do employers understand E-Verify requirements?

Evaluating E-Verify

The federal government’s widely used E-Verify program enables employers to determine a new employee’s eligibility to work in the United States by comparing employee-provided information to federal government records.

E-Verify is currently a voluntary program for most employers, but some states and local jurisdictions require its use. The federal government also requires its use for some federal contractors.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) asked Westat, which has conducted this survey every 2 years since 2008, to conduct the latest evaluation to find out to what extent E-Verify is meeting its goals of

  • Reducing unauthorized employment
  • Safeguarding workers against verification-related discrimination
  • Protecting workers’ rights to privacy
  • Preventing undue burden to employers


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