The E-Verify System Will Destroy Old Records

On April 1, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be destroying E-Verify records that are over ten years old, i.e. records created before December 31, 2011s.

If employers need access to these older records, employers can download them until March 31, 2022. Since many companies have long-term employees, it’s likely that the company onboarded these employees through the E-Verify system. If an employer did not record the E-Verify case verification number on the employee’s I-9 form or attach a copy of the Case Details page to the form, now is the time to do so, as it is required.

USCIS has provided guidance on downloading this information, referred to as the Historic Records Report. We recommend downloading any information on your past or current employees before the deadline, even if you have no currently affected employees. It is always best to retain this information in the event of an I-9 audit in the future.