The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have launched a new E-Verify Self Check program. This voluntary service is designed to allow individuals located in the U.S. an opportunity to check their employment eligibility status before they formally seek employment, thus reducing the number of data mismatches employers will experience when using E-Verify.
It is extremely important for employers to understand that E-Verify Self-Check is not for employer use, and the results of a Self Check query does not replace the results of an E-Verify query. The USCIS website states that an employer may not ask an employee to run a Self-Check query in order to prove they are authorized to work in the U.S., and E-Verify Employers must continue to run E-Verify queries.
As of March 21, 2011, E-Verify Self-Check is available to users who maintain an address and are physically located in Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia or the District of Columbia. According to their website, USCIS’ goal is to have the service available nationwide within 12 months. USCIS has published an official Fact Sheet, and complete information can be found by visiting the E-Verify Self Check web page.
Contact EBI today to learn more about EBI’s employment eligibility solutions. EBI offers electronic Form I-9 and E-Verify solutions to employers. EBI is a proud supporter and an approved designated Agent for the Department of Homeland Security.