On September 13, 2012, Congress passed a bill, S. 3245, that will extend the authorization for the federal E-Verify Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program by three years. E-Verify was due to expire on September 30, 2012 and will not go until September 30, 2015. E-Verify allows U.S. employers to verify the work authorization of newly hired employees. This bill includes extension for the authorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Program, the Special Immigrant Nonminister Religious Worker Program, and the Conrad State 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program. The bill goes next to President Obama for his signature. The entire text of the new bill, S. 3245, is available here.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires that all employers must verify the identity and employment authorization of their new employees after their hire date. Some states are requiring that this verification be done through E-Verify. At ESS, we offer an automated system, called Verif-I-9, for collecting I-9 information from applicants and submitting the data for authentication through the SSA and DHS. With automated processing, employers are able to reduce margin of error and duplication from data entry and processing. ESS works as your designated agent with E-Verify to properly process this verification, and will help you manage requests for more information, photo verifications and referrals to government agencies. All in all, we work to make your I-9 verifications easy and seamless.