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The I-9 and E-Verify: Resources for the Employment Eligibility Verification Processes

Statutes Executive Orders Affecting Federal Contractors DHS Regulations & Guidance E-Verify Antidiscrimination Provisions/Guidance Other Resources

The Illegal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) brought employers into the front line in the government's attempt to stop illegal immigration. IRCA requires employer to verify the identity and work authorization of employees hired after November 6, 1986. As a result of IRCA and subsequent Acts that modified it, employers are subject to sanctions for employing individuals who are not legally able to work in the U.S.

Statutes Affecting Employer Sanctions

Executive Orders Affecting Federal Contractors

DHS Implementing Regulations and Guidance

Guide to Documents:

August 1, 1998 INS' Guide to Selected Travel/Identity Documents for Law Enforcement Officers

Status-Specific Guidance:


E-Verify is the Internet-based electronic employment verification system created by DHS to assist employers in verifying the legal ability of employees to work. It is the successor to INS' Basic Pilot Program. Although participation in E-Verify is voluntary, the federal government has mandated its use for certain federal benefits such as federal contractors and employers wishing to hire F-1 students for extended period of optional practical trianing in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or math.

Antidiscrimination Provisions and Guidance

The Department of Justice's Office of Special Counsel for Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices is responsible for ensuring that employers to not iengage in discriminatory behaviors while complying with their employment eligiblity verification responsibilities. They have put forth the following:

Resources and Guides