Over 500,000 US Companies Use E-Verify

14 Feb 2014


Immigration News

E-Verify is a free online service that allows employers from the United States to confirm the if their new employees are eligible to work, and more than 500,000 companies are now using the E-Verify service.

The Acting Director of USCIC (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services), Lori Scialabba said that since its initiation, high customer-satisfaction, rapid growth and increased accuracy ratings were experienced by E-Verify. Scialabba added that the largest number of participation in E-Verify is voluntary, so the fact that 500,000 companies have signed up for E-Verify shows important confidence in the program. For employers, hiring and maintaining a legal workforce in UK becomes more accurate, secure and faster by using E-Verify.

Within seconds, an employee’s work authorization status is received by employers who use E-Verify. Without any further need for an employer or employee action, 98.8% of employees who are authorized to work in UK are automatically confirmed immediately or within 24 hours. In the 2012 ACSI (American Customer Satisfaction Index) Survey, E-Verify received a score of 86 out of 100 from users, whereas the average score was 67 for all government agencies.

Over the years, the USCIS has worked to strengthen the integrity of the system. These efforts have led to a program that fights identity fraud by locking Social Security numbers that are suspected of being exploited for the verification of employment eligibility; E-Verify agreements with specific states' departments of motor vehicles to validate the authenticity of an employee’s driver's license which is used as an identity document; and the initiation of Self Check, which allows employees to check their own eligibility status for being employed in the US and correct their records prior to seeking employment.

Since its inception in 1996, the E-Verify program has undergone significant growth. From 11,474 in FY (Fiscal Year) 1996 to 111,671 in FY 2012, the yearly enrollments saw a growth of 10 times during the first 16 years of the program. During the FY 2013, E-Verify was used more than 25 million times by employers.

Celebrating the milestone of 500,000 participants, USCIS has released a new video named ‘E-Verify for Business Leaders’. This introduces the benefits of the program to potential users. Also, an updated E-Verify website has been launched by USCIS that has more easy-to-follow graphics and plain-language content. The website's new History and Milestones page shows the E-Verify program’s progress through the years.

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