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The Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Aug. 15 expanded E-Verify self-check, a service that allows individuals to check their own employment eligibility status before seeking employment, to 16 additional states.
In addition, E-Verify self-check is now available in Spanish, USCIS said.
E-Verify self-check was launched in March in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, Virginia, and the District of Columbia (29 HRR 319, 3/28/11).
The service is now accessible to residents in California, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Washington.
“Self-check equips workers with fast, secure access to their employment eligibility information before they apply for jobs,” USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas said in an Aug. 15 statement. “By offering self-check to Spanish speakers and making the service more widely available, USCIS makes good on a promise to streamline and protect the integrity of the E-Verify process for employees and employers alike.”
The self-check service allows U.S. workers to enter data into the E-Verify system to ensure the information relating to their work eligibility is accurate. It is the first online E-Verify program offered directly to workers and job seekers, USCIS said.
Employers use the internet-based E-Verify to determine employees' eligibility to work in the United States by entering information reported on the employee's Form I-9. When workers over age 16 use the self-check program, they enter the same information that employers would enter into E-Verify, USCIS said.
The self-check service is free and voluntary, and gives users the opportunity to submit corrections of any inaccuracies in their DHS or Social Security Administration records before applying for jobs.
The agency said it will “continue to evaluate and improve” the self-check service. USCIS intends to expand self-check nationwide by the spring of 2012, the agency said.
Additional information about the E-Verify self-check program may be accessed on the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov/selfcheck .
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