USCIS has launched the E-Verify Self Check Program, an online service that will allow workers to check their own employment eligibility status. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) already have in place the E-Verify program, a similar on-line service used by employers to compare data from worker’s Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9) against federal government databases to verify a worker’s employment eligibility. The E-Verify Self Check allows workers to verify their own information and make any corrections to inaccurate data that may otherwise result in a mismatch when seeking employment. E-Verify Self Check is a free, voluntary on-line process made up of these four steps:
1. Users enter identifying information online (such as name, date of birth and address)
2. Users confirm their identity by answering demographic and/or financial questions generated by a third-party identity assurance service
3. Users enter work eligibility information such as a Social Security number or Alien Registration number
4. E-Verify Self Check checks users’ information against relevant SSA and DHS databases and provides information on users’ employment eligibility status
The on-line tool is fast and secure, and the data provided by users will not be shared with their current or prospective employers. Please note however that the results derived from this self-check service used by workers will not replace the search results that an employer will continue to conduct through the employer E-Verify Program. Currently, the E-Verify Self Check service is only available to users living in Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia or the District of Columbia, but USCIS plans to expand the service in the months to come. For more information, see www.uscis.gov/everify.