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.

Depending on where you are in the United States — stay warm!

Check out the latest edition of E-Verify Connection, a publication of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Clocking in at one page, it is packed with interesting information, including:

  • The expanded list of  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) designated degree programs that qualify eligible graduates for Optional Practical Training (OPT).  Quick programming note — in order to receive a STEM OPT extension an employer must be enrolled in E-Verify.
  • Employer resources en Español (Spanish).
  • Syrian students and employment authorization.
  • Temporary Protected Status and Forms I-9.