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Homeland Security launches E-Verify Self Check

Individuals can check their own eligibility status before formally seeking employment

Staff | March 23, 2011

E-Verify Self Check, a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), is the first online E-Verify program offered directly to workers and job seekers. This voluntary, free, fast and secure service gives users the opportunity to submit corrections of any inaccuracies in their DHS and SSA records before applying for jobs—allowing workers to better protect themselves from potential workplace discrimination that could result from an employer's abuse of the E-Verify system.
 
The service was launched March 21 and is available in Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia and the District of Columbia. More states will be added in coming months, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
 
The E-Verify Self Check process consists of four steps:
1. Users enter identifying information online (such as name, date of birth and address)
2. Users confirm their identity by answering demographic and/or financial questions generated by a third-party identity assurance service
3. Users enter work eligibility information such as a Social Security number and, depending on citizenship status, an Alien Registration number
4. E-Verify Self Check checks users' information against relevant SSA and DHS databases and returns information on users' employment eligibility status
 
Every aspect of the E-Verify Self Check process is designed to secure users' personally identifiable information and to prevent misuse of the service. Additionally, information that users provide to E-Verify Self Check and the results of an E-Verify Self Check are not shared with users' employers or prospective employers. The results of a Self Check query do not replace the results of an employer E-Verify query.
 
The E-Verify program compares information from the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9) against federal government databases to verify workers' employment eligibility. The E-Verify Self Check system allows each user to identify data inaccuracies—which often range from typographical errors to unreported name changes—that would result in a mismatch before he or she seeks employment.
 

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