How to Hire Safely, E-Verify Immigration Eligibility
By Ron Cohen, CPA, MST
Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co., LLP
E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA)
that allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment
eligibility of their newly hired employees.
E-Verify is free and voluntary and is the best means available for
determining employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social
The internet is catching-up with undocumented workers.
Here’s the link to the E-Verify website at the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security.
While payroll taxes are involved with the decision to hire an employee, the right to work in the
U.S. is a legal matter, and therefore, GROCO gives no opinion on such issues. For more information on what an employer is required to do and when, you may want to consult an immigration attorney.
However, E-Verify virtually eliminates Social Security mismatch letters, improves the
accuracy of wage and tax reporting, and helps U.S. employers maintain a legal workforce.”
More from the E-Verify website:
E-Verify is a free Internet-based system that allows employers to confirm the legal
working status of new hires in seconds. With one click, E-Verify can match your
new hire's Social Security Number and other Form I-9 information.
E-Verify reduces unauthorized employment, minimizes verification-related discrimination,
is quick and non-burdensome to employers, and protects civil liberties and
Initial verification returns results within 3 to 5 seconds.
Employers ran nearly 2 million employment eligibility verification queries in Fiscal Year
The top industries using E-Verify include food services and drinking places,
administrative and support services, professional and technical services, other
information services, and clothing and accessories stores.”
We hope you find this information helpful. All the additional info you could
want on E-Verify is at the above link.