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How do employers use E-Verify to determine immigration status of potential employees?

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An employer who has opted into the E-Verify program enters information from your I-9 form into an online database which confirms your employment eligibility in the United States. The system typically takes only a few minutes to check online and then returns a result to the employer. The employer is only told whether you are confirmed as eligible to work or tentatively non-confirmed.

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The process for employers to use E-Verify and the results they receive are fairly straightforward. When you are hired or during the hiring process, the government requires you to fill out an I-9 form declaring your eligibility to work in the United States. The I-9 requires supporting documents, such as a passport, Social Security card, birth certificate or permanent resident card.

The employer enters your name, address and identifying numbers from the information you provide on your I-9 into E-Verify's online system. The system then notifies the employer with the results. If the system cconfirms your documentation, the employer is told that you are eligible to work. If there is no match, the system tells the employer you are tentatively non-confirmed or TNC. Although the verification process typically takes only a few minutes, sometimes E-Verify requires 24 to 48 hours to complete a check.

If the employer receives a TNC result on your E-Verify check, the law prevents them from allowing you to start work. This result does not necessarily mean you cannot work in the United States, but it does require you to take further action to clear up any conflicting information regarding your work visa or immigration status. The employer receives no detailed information regarding your immigration status at any time in the E-Verify process.

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