E-Verify and Employee Screening


E-Verify is a federal website of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which will allow businesses to determine the eligibility of employees to work in the U.S. It is a free online system maintained by the government.

E-Verify was first established in 1997 as a pilot program to prevent illegal immigrants and other people who have violated immigration laws from obtaining employment illegally in the United States. In 2007, the DHS required federal contractors to use the system. Moreover, some states have passed legislation requiring employers to use it. Facial image requirements were added in August 2007.

How does it work? After an employee is hired, both the employee and employer complete a Form I-9, which is entered into the E-Verify system where it’s compared against millions of government records.

When the I-9 information matches the E-Verify information, the person is eligible to work in the United States. If the information conflicts, an alert is sent to the employer, and a resolution must be made within eight (8) days for the employee to continue working.

By the end of 2016, more than 600,000 employers were using the E-Verify system.

With The Legal Workforce Act of 2017 (HR 3711), Congress proposes a mandate for every employer within the U.S. to use E-Verify, which would preempt state laws and penalize any employer who knowingly hires an illegal immigrant. The HR 3711 is being met with partisan differences and is still waiting for passage as of this date.


Data Screening is a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise that has offered business-to-business employment and tenant screenings to human resource professionals and business owners, including staffing companies, for two decades. Among other organizations, they are members of the ASA (American Staffing Association), SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) and the NAPBS (National Association of Professional Background Screeners).


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