U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced the final expansion of E-Verify Self Check at a press conference in Orlando on Thursday, Feb. 9. The announcement marks the expansion of the program to all 50 states, including Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (Read the USCIS Press Release here).
Developed in response to a request by Congress to create a service through which U.S. workers could check their own employment eligibility status outside of the employer focused E-Verify process, Self Check can help take the mystery out of the E-Verify employment eligibility confirmation process. After the user enters a small amount of information, the Self Check service will check that information against various government databases to determine the user’s eligibility to work in the United States. Self Check will then return one of three results: Work Authorization Confirmed, Possible Mismatch with SSA, or Possible Mismatch with Immigration Information. If any mismatches are found between the information provided to Self-Check and the governments records, the system provides instructions on what steps to take to try to resolve the issue.
Employers are warned not to use Self-Check to pre-screen the employment eligibility of new hires. If an employer or potential employer asks to see a Self-Check query to prove work authorization, individuals are instructed to notify the Department of Justice, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices at 800-255-7688. Also, a positive Self-Check result does not guarantee that individuals will pass through E-Verify without issue at a later date. Self Check has the potential to benefit employees and employers by reducing the number of data mismatches during the E-Verify process and thereby decrease the amount of time spent resolving those mismatches. The Self-Check tool is available at www.uscis.gov/selfcheck.
Self Check’s initial launch in March 2011 was limited to a number of participating states to ensure that USCIS could provide an accurate and efficient service. Last fall, USCIS added an additional 16 states and also offered a Spanish version of Self Check.
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