By: Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law, PLLC

The E-Verify modernization launch has been postponed from March 23, 2018 to a later date still to be determined. New system enhancements will feature improvements to photo matching, reduced Tentative non-confirmations and easier and faster creation of cases.

The following are some of the highlights of upcoming E-Verify enhancements:

  1. Streamline the Tentative non-confirmation (TNC) process so that cases are sent to SSA and DHS simultaneously. If both agencies issue a TNC, then a dual TNC will be issued instead of two separate ones. The employee will be given a combined SSA and DHS Further action notice.
  2. Provide real-time feedback on errors.
  3. Prevent user in a Pending Termination status from submitting new cases.
  4. Streamline the E-Verify case creation process by removing unnecessary pages and steps in a case.
  5. Alert users earlier in the case creation process when a case is created, and duplicate is found. Users enter limited information and then the system checks for duplicate cases. If one or more duplicate cases are found, the user will be notified.
  6. Allow users to enter multiple names in the “Other Last Names” field so E-Verify can check all names entered in the field. If the employee doesn’t provide other last names, the user will have to check a box indicating that no other last names were provided on the employee’s Form I-9 to continue the case.
  7. Change the “Hire Date” to the employee’s first day of employment.
  8. Make the photo-matching process more compatible with smartphones and tablets.
  9. Created an, “Are You Sure?” alert that is personalized to the user and only shows fields that may have triggered a TNC rather than showing all fields.
  10. Require users to enter reason why employee is working after receiving a Final Non-confirmation (FNC).

If you want to know more about E-Verify and I-9 compliance, I recommend you read The I-9 and E-Verify Handbook, a book I co-authored with Greg Siskind, and available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/0997083379.