Ever wonder who else is participating in E-Verify, the electronic employment eligibility program? Now you can find out. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides access to their participating employer database through the E-Verify Employers Search Tool. While there are some limitations, the search tool covers currently enrolled employers and federal contractors in E-Verify through December 15, 2012.
As a reminder, participation in E-Verify is voluntary unless you are a federal contractor with the FAR clause or are in a state which mandates participation in E-Verify depending upon whether you are a public contractor or private employer. See prior posts regarding state immigration laws and E-Verify mandates.
Potential beneficiaries of USCIS E-Verify Employers Search Tool include F-1 students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs who need to work for employers enrolled in E-Verify if they want to benefit from the additional 17-month OPT STEM work authorization period.
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