Georgia E-Verify Immigration Law Goes Into Effect January 2012

Georgia businesses need to be taking steps to put into place appropriate processes and procedures, including training, compliance guides and best practices, to ensure their mandatory participation in the E-Verify program beginning in 2012. The Georgia Legislature recently passed HB 87, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011, mandating such participation. Georgia follows Arizona, Mississippi, South Carolina and Utah, all of which mandate participation in the E-Verify program. This is a federal program that allows employers to electronically confirm whether their new hires are authorized to work in the United States via the Internet. Georgia employers will need not only to complete the employment eligibility verification form (form I-9), but also run their new hires through the E-Verify program, no later than three business days after hire.

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