The Arizona Republic reports that E-Verify appears likely to be extended after the Senate opted to maintain the program for three more years as part of a $44 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which President Obama is expected to sign into law.

E-Verify, a federal program that allows employers to check if new hires are U.S. citizens or legal residents with permission to work in the U.S., uses the Internet to check databases maintained by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and DHS and, according to a spokeswoman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), firms that use E-Verify are less likely to invest time and money in valuable employees who might end up getting deported.

According to the USCIS, around 1,000 employers sign up for E-Verify each week, nearly 161,000 employers and 623,000 worksites nationally use E-Verify, and more than 32,000 Arizona businesses that operate over 53,000 plants, offices, stores, and other sites participate in the voluntary E-Verify program.

A designated E-Verify service agent, I-9Compliance.com — a member of the Pre-Employ.com Family of Companies — is pre-integrated with the DHS’s E-Verify system and provides employers with a paperless, web-based I-9/E-Verify solution. To view a complimentary webinar titled “E-Verify & Federal Contractors: Know The Facts” currently available for on-demand viewing, visit http://www.i-9compliance.com/Webinars. To learn more about I-9Compliance.com, visit www.i-9compliance.com, email info@i-9compliance.com, or call 1-800-300-1821.

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