E-Verify and Higher Education
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) took a fairly big step toward determining the fate of the much rumored E-verify mandate. While the details and any timeframe for a potential E-verify mandate are still to be determined, USCIS is looking to hear from E-verify employers. On February 11, 2015, USCIS published a notice to the Federal Register (80 FR 7625) seeking approval for its 2015 Survey of E-verify Employers “to obtain data from E-verify employers in anticipation of the enactment of mandatory state and/or national eligibility verification programs for all or a substantial number of employers.”
What does this mean for you? For starters, if the survey is approved it means E-verify employers could soon have an opportunity to provide important feedback on the E-verify program. Meanwhile, speculation of an E-verify mandate will continue, but one thing is clear: USCIS is taking steps to do its homework and prepare – and you may want to begin doing so as well.
Many higher education institutions are only using E-verify with those employees who are working on a federal grant. With that said, it may be time to review our policies and consider whether to start E-verifying all employees so that you are better prepared for the mandate.
So will there be an E-verify mandate in the near future? The survey says… we are at least getting closer to that answer.
Equifax Workforce Solutions will continue to monitor guidance related to Form I-9 and E-verify compliance to keep you up to date on announcements and best practices.
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