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Federal Statutes and Guidance


Executive Order: Amending Executive Order 12989, as Amended (June 9, 2008).

(Requires federal contractors to use Basic Pilot/E-Verify.)

Clarification of Certain Procedures for Processing H-2A Labor Certification Applications

(Employment and Training Administration Advisory System, U.S. Dept. of Labor; Training and Employment Guidance Letter No. 11-07, Change 1, Nov. 14, 2007).

Verifying the Employment Eligibility of Federal Employees

(Office of Management and Budget, No. M-07-21, 8/10/07).

EXPANSION OF BASIC PILOT TO ALL 50 STATES AND EXTENSION THROUGH 2008: Basic Pilot Program Extension and Expansion Act of 2003, Public Law 108-156, 117 Stat. 1944 (Dec. 3, 2003).

EXTENSION OF BASIC PILOT UNTIL NOV. 30, 2003: The Basic Pilot Extension Act of 2001, Public Law 107-128, 115 Stat. 2407 (Jan. 16, 2002).

Basic Pilot Program Extension and Expansion Act of 2003, Public Law 108-156 (December 3, 2003) – Expanded program to all 50 states and extended program through 2008.

Initial authorizing language for Basic Pilot: The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA), Public Law 104-208, 110 Stat. 3009 (Sept. 30, 1996), Title IV - Enforcement of Restrictions Against Employment, Subtitle A - Pilot Programs for Employment Eligibility Confirmation. (Codified in the notes for Section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act.) (PDF)