Both Georgia and North Carolina passed laws in 2011 that phased in use of the E-Verify online employment eligibility verification system run by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

Beginning July 1, private employers with more than 10 employees in Georgia must use E-Verify to qualify new hires, and on the same day in North Carolina, employers with more than 25 on staff must begin using the system.

In all, nine states mandate use of the online database for new hires, with different triggering thresholds and affected businesses in each state.