March 31, 2017 Deadline to Download E-Verify Historic Records Report

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By Michael J. P. Schewe

Has your company been using E-Verify for over ten years?  If so, then you must take action before the end of the month in order to maintain a historical record of your E-Verify transactions. E-Verify is a free online tool provided by the federal government that allows employers to cross-check the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. In April 2017, USCIS will be disposing of E-Verify transaction records dated on or before December 31, 2006.  To assist employers with their recordkeeping, downloadable transaction records have been created.  E-Verify employers may obtain their records from USCIS until March 31, 2017.

Why is this important?  Employers are encouraged to record E-Verify case verification numbers on each employee's corresponding Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and to retain Historic Records Reports with the employer's Forms I-9.  Therefore, we strongly recommend that employers take action before the deadline to preserve these records.

USCIS has provided a Fact Sheet and detailed Instructions regarding how to make a records request. 

If you have questions or concerns about this deadline or regarding E-Verify or Form I-9 compliance, please do not hesitate to contact a member of Connell Foley's Labor & Employment Law Group.