The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 requires all U.S. employers, regardless of size, to complete a Form I-9 upon hiring a new employee to work in the United States. In some cases, reverification may be required. Designed to address the problem of people illegally immigrating to the United States and becoming employed by U.S. employers, the IRCA prohibits discrimination based on citizenship or national origin. Completed I-9s must be retained for as long as the individual works for the employer. Employers must remain mindful of anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation provisions in IRCA and other federal laws. 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 employers. The process involves entering an employee’s information from form I-9, comparing information to records available with the DHS and SSA, and sometimes comparing photos, which yields specific case results.
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