The USCIS recently announced that more than 100,000 employers have signed up to participate in the E-Verify system. The USCIS stated that since October 2008, employers have run more than 2 million queries to verify employees' employment eligibility. Since 1997, employers have verified more than 18 million workers through the system. The USCIS stated that currently approximately 96.1% of qualified employees are cleared automatically by E-Verify with the remaining approximately 4% receiving tentative non-confirmations from the system. However, after employees respond to the tentative non conformation, approximately 99.6% of all work-authorized employees are verified by the system.
The USCIS said that it plans to make additional enhancements in 2009 to the system including adding passport data and photographs to the system to reduce identity fraud. Additionally, the USCIS reminded certain federal contractors and subcontractors that beginning on January 15, 2009 they will be required to use the E-Verify system if they enter into a federal contract that requires the use of E-Verify. Furthermore, the USCIS stated that although the E-Verify system is voluntary, 15 states now require certain employers to participate and comply in some manner with the system.