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Georgia E-Verify Legislation Guide


Effective Date: July 1, 2009; January 1, 2010; January 1, 2012 & July 1, 2013 

Status: Active Legislation

Legislation: SB 529, SB 184, HB 2 & HB 87


Summary For Public Employers: The Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act (SB 529) requires among other provisions that public employers with the State must verify the status of newly hired employees. Effective July 1, 2009, all Georgia state employers will now be required to E-Verify the status of newly hired employees.  This completes the third and final step in implementing the use of E-Verify for employment eligibility verification.

In addition, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue signed into law HB 2, an addendum to SB 529, which will go into effect on January 1, 2010.  The new provisions include:

1. Public employers will be required to post their federally issued E-Verify user identification number and date of authorization to use E-Verify on their website.

2. Public officials will be required to verify that those who receive public benefits are in the U.S. legally, using the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database; and

3. Georgia jails must make broader efforts to determine if a prisoner is legally present in the country.

Summary For Private Employers: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011 (HB 87) into law, and many private businesses with 11 or more employees will be required by law to utilize E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility status of newly hired employees beginning January 1, 2012.

The implementation date for these new guidelines directly correlates with the total number of employees:

1. Private employers in Georgia with 500 or more employees must use E-Verify for new hires on or before January 1, 2012.

2. Private employers in Georgia with 100 or more employees but fewer than 500 must use E-Verify for new hires on or before July 1, 2012.

3. Private employers in Georgia with between 11 and 99 employees must use E-Verify for new hires on or before July 1, 2013.

4. Private employers in Georgia with 10 or fewer employees are exempt from the law.

In order to determine when the E-Verify requirement will go into effect, private employers must count the number of employees working at least 35 hours per week as of January 1 of this year.


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