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Oct. 8 — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Oct. 6 launched a new, employee-centered E-Verify website that allows workers to create personal accounts and protect their personal information from identity theft.
The website, myE-Verify, builds upon and includes Self Check, a program launched nationwide in early 2012 that allows workers to check their employment eligibility status before applying for a job.
Described by the USCIS as a “one-stop shop for employees,” myE-Verify offers:
• the ability for workers to create free and secure personal accounts to manage the use of their information in the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility system and Self Check;
• the ability to lock one's Social Security number to prevent its unauthorized or fraudulent use in the E-Verify system; and
• information on employee rights and employer responsibilities during the employment eligibility verification process.
“Since its inception, E-Verify has provided employees with valuable online tools and resources regarding the employment eligibility verification process,” USCIS Director León Rodríguez said in a statement. “myE-Verify signifies a significant step forward for added transparency, features, and identity protection.”
According to the USCIS, myE-Verify accounts and the self-lock feature initially are only available to residents of Arizona, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Idaho, Mississippi and Virginia. The agency plans to release these features to the rest of the country in phases.
During an Oct. 7 webinar on myE-Verify, USCIS officials said the agency limited the initial rollout in order to ensure that the features were operating properly before launching them nationwide.
Additional features that will be available in the future on myE-Verify, according to the officials, include:
• reminders when a worker's employment eligibility documents are expiring;
• a case history that shows past use of a Social Security number in E-Verify and Self Check; and
• a case tracker showing prior E-Verify and Self Check status.
During the webinar, USCIS officials described the features of myE-Verify, as well as what sets it apart from the E-Verify system. The purpose of E-Verify, they said, is to confirm that employees are authorized to work, whereas myE-Verify allows employees to participate in the process, make it more transparent and allow for identity protection.
E-Verify largely is voluntary, although employers in some states and many federal contractors are required to use the system. The myE-Verify process is completely voluntary, the officials said.
A myE-Verify account provides added identity protection by requiring users to go through a two-step identity authentication process, whereas employers merely have to create a user name and password to access E-Verify accounts.
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The myE-Verify website is available at http://www.uscis.gov/mye-verify.
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