Contributed by Jacqueline Lentini McCullough
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently that the online service E-Verify, which allows workers to check their own employment eligibility, is now available in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. E-Verify is now available in both English and Spanish, further broadening the scope of the program by making it available to members of the U.S. workforce who are more comfortable reading Spanish-language materials. The program was launched in March 2011, and since then, 67,000 people have used E-Verify’s Self Check system. Self Check was developed together with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to allow individuals a way to check their own employment eligibility status, as well as to provide guidance on how to correct DHS and SSA records. With Self Check now available on a national basis, it is anticipated that use of the program by individuals interested in both their employment eligibility status and guidance on how to correct any record discrepancies prior to the hiring process will dramatically increase. For more information on Self Check, please go to www.uscis.gov/selfcheck.