USCIS launched E-Verify Self Check on March 21, 2011. E-Verify Self Check offered directly to workers and job seekers will allow individuals in the United States to check their own employment eligibility status before formally seeking employment.
The voluntary and free 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 E-Verify Self Check process consists of four steps:
- Users enter identifying information online (such as name, date of birth and address)
- Users confirm their identity by answering demographic and/or financial questions generated by a third-party identity assurance service
- Users enter work eligibility information such as a Social Security number and, depending on citizenship status, an Alien Registration number
- E-Verify Self Check checks users’ information against relevant SSA and DHS databases and returns information on users’ employment eligibility status
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.
Beginning today, the E-Verify Self Check service is available to users who maintain an address and are physically located in Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia or the District of Columbia. In the coming months, USCIS will continue to expand the E-Verify Self Check service to additional eligible users on a rolling basis.