Georgia Security & Immigration Compliance Act
New Rules and Regulations for Implementation of Section 2 of SB 529
Senate Bill 529 is the "Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act" of 2006 (Act 457). Section 2 of SB 529 enacted new work eligibility verification requirements that apply to Georgia's public employers, and the contractors and subcontractors of Georgia's public employers. Under Section 2 of SB 529, public employers, their contractors and subcontractors are required to verify the work eligibility of all newly hired employees through an electronic federal work authorization program. The new requirements became effective on July 1, 2007.
What is E-Verify?
E-Verify, authorized by Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), is a web-based system through which employers electronically confirm the employment eligibility of their employees.
In the E-Verify process, employers create cases based on information taken from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. E-Verify then electronically compares that information to records available to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). The employer usually receives a response within a few seconds either confirming the employee’s employment eligibility or indicating that the employee needs to take further action to complete the case.
E-Verify is administered by SSA and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS facilitates compliance with U.S. immigration law by providing E-Verify program support, user support, training and outreach, and developing innovative technological solutions in employment eligibility verification.
How do I enroll my business in E-Verify?
E-Verify enrollment is available online. The E-Verify website has resources available for employers and employees with more information about the program. The Quick Reference Guide for E-Verify Enrollment is designed to assist with the enrollment and registration process.