Technology has played a real role in citizenship and employment verification for many years, and it’s an area we’re very cognizant of at the offices of Buhler Thomas Law, P.C. Our citizenship attorneys know what kinds of verification are being used, and how to advise clients on all appropriate actions.
For the last two decades, the primary method of internet-based employment verification has been the U.S. government’s E-Verify system. Let’s go over the history and basics of this system, plus the benefits and drawbacks.
The E-Verify program was introduced as a pilot in 1997 by the federal government. It was designed as an internet-based system that allows businesses to personally determine whether their employees are eligible to work in the United States.
Unless you are a federal contractor or it’s required by specific state law, E-Verify is still a voluntary program – companies do not have to use it. Many employers struggle to decide whether or not to use the program. Here are a few of the main factors that play into these decisions.
The primary benefit of E-Verify is that employees in student status who have STEM degrees can be eligible for employment for up to three years without having to obtain an H-1B visa. Other benefits may include:
There are also some possible downsides to E-Verify, depending on the company. Here are some of these:
For more information on whether E-Verify is right for your company, or to find out about any other green card or immigration attorneys, contact the offices of Buhler Thomas Law, P.C. today.