Launch of E-Verify self-verification service announced

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) this morning announced that beginning today, users will have access to the E-Verify self-verification service. This service will allow people in the United States to verify whether their status allows them to work legally before formally seeking employment.

E-Verify Self Check is the first online E-Verify program offered directly to workers and job applicants. This voluntary, free, fast and secure service was created jointly by DHS and the Social Security Administration (SSA).

At this time, E-Verify Self Check is only available to users who maintain an address and are physically located in Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia or the District of Columbia. USCIS has said it will continue to expand access to the service in the coming months.

How E-Verify Self Check works:

Users provide identity data on the Internet (such as name, date of birth and address).

2. Users confirm their identity by answering demographic or financial questions generated by an independent identity confirmation service.

3. Users provide data on their eligibility to work, such as social security number and, depending on their immigration status, Alien Registration number.

4. E-Verify Self Check compares users' data with information in the SSA and DHS databases, and then issues information about users' status and whether they can work legally.

According to an official statement, the information users provide and the results of E-Verify Self Check queries will not be shared with employers or potential employers.

The results of E-Verify Self Check queries do not replace the results of an E-Verify query by an employer.

For more information about E-Verify Self Check, click here. here.