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Verification of Immigration Status

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All employers must verify employment eligibility, which includes immigration status.[i]  Employers must examine approved documents to determine work authorization in the United States.[ii]

Under federal immigration law, an employer must require that a new hire present evidence of identity and proof of eligibility to work legally in the U.S., within three days of starting employment. The documents are divided into Class A and Class B, with Class A documents – such as an expired or unexpired U.S. passport – standing on their own. If an employee does not have a Class A document, they must present two Class B documents. The list of acceptable documents.

In 2011 North Carolina passed an “E-Verify” law which – as of July 2013 – requires employer with 25 or more employees to enroll in the North Carolina Department of Labor’s E-Verify system to check work authorization for all new hires. However, temporary seasonal workers (e.g. working on a farm) for less than nine months in a calendar year do not count toward the employee count (i.e. 25 employee threshold for E-Verify requirement.)[iii]

[i] 8 U.S.C. §1324a

[ii] The US Department of Homeland Security publishes a list of acceptable documents.

[iii] N.C.G.S. §64-25(3)


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