What's the difference between I-9 and E-Verify?

What’s the difference between form I-9 and E-Verify? The two actually work hand in hand to validate that an employee is authorized to work in this country. Although similar in their role, there are a few key differences:

  • I-9 is used by an employer to document an employee’s identity and eligibility to be employed legally in the U.S. E-Verify compares information from an employee’s I-9 with government data (such as Social Security) to confirm the individual is eligible for employment.
  • I-9 is mandatory for all employers, while E-Verify is voluntary for most employers (and only mandatory for employers with federal contracts  containing a FAR E-Verify clause).
  • I-9 is filled out by both the employee and the employer, E-Verify is only handled by the employer.
Mistakes to avoid When completing these processes, there are a handful of errors that we see employers make time and again. Be vigilant and on the lookout for the following:
  • Incorrect or missing forms
  • Not maintaining documents effectively
  • Not completing I-9 within three business days of an employee’s first day of work
  • Failure to re-verify after Form I-9 has expired
  • Invalid identifying documents
If you have any further questions about how to use I-9 and E-Verify effectively in your business, our team will be happy to help.]]>

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