The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has released FAQs regarding Federal Contractors and the E-Verify program. The FAQs address what the E-Verify program is, how it works, and the reason why Federal Contractors must enroll in the program.
Beginning September 8, 2009, all Federal Contractors and Subcontractors who enter into contracts on and after September 8, 2009 must be enrolled in the online E-Verify work authorization program.
The E-Verify program is a free optional web based employment verification program that verify’s employee’s employment eligibility by submitting key information from Form I-9 into the online database.
The purpose of the program is to deter unauthorized individuals from attempting to work, while at the same time helping employers to avoid contributing to an unauthorized workforce.
Companies who are awarded a contract on and after September 8, 2009 will have 30 days from the contract award date to enroll in the E-Verify program.