The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently launched E-Verify Self Service… a free, innovative, web-based system that allows individuals to check their U.S. employment eligibility status before they formally seek employment.
Why Was E-Verify Self Check Created?
E-Verify Self Check is a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). This online, self-service resource was developed in response to a request by Congress to create a service through which workers could check their own employment eligibility outside of the employer focused E-Verify process. Self Check is the first service that the E-Verify program is offering directly to U.S. workers.
How Does E-Verify Self Check Help Workers?
This voluntary, free and secure service allows U.S. workers over the age of 16 to identify and correct data inaccuracies in their DHS and SSA records. These inconsistencies often range from typographical errors to unreported name changes that would result in a mismatch. Self Check will inform users of how to correct those mismatches before they seek employment. Information that users provide to the E-Verify Self Check service and the results they receive, are not shared with the user’s current or prospective employers.
Where is E-Verify Self Check Available?
The E-Verify Self Check service is available to users who maintain an address and are physically located in these states:
- District of Columbia (DC)
The availability of E-Verify Self Check will be limited for the initial launch as the service is tested and improved upon. In the coming months, USCIS will continue to expand the service to additional eligible users.
How Does the E-Verify Self Check Process Work?
The E-Verify Self Check process has four steps… with the last step providing you with your results.
Step 1 – Enter ID Data
You will be asked to enter some basic identifying information such as your name, address and date of birth.
Step 2 – Take a Quiz
You will be asked to answer some demographic and financial questions. These questions are similar to the process your bank uses to confirm your identity.
Step 3 – Enter Document Data
After you have successfully completed the identity assurance quiz, you will be able to run an employment eligibility query to determine your eligibility to work in the United States. The information needed for this step includes your Social Security number, citizenship and details about any immigration documentation that proves your work authorization.
Step 4 – Get Results
After your information is submitted, you are almost instantly given a response indicating that you are either likely to be employment authorized in the U.S. or whether there is a mismatch between the data you entered and the data in the DHS and SSA records. If there is a mismatch, you will be given information that tells you how to correct your records if you wish to do so.