U.S. Customs and Immigration Services has expanded its E-Verify self-check tool from 21 test states to all 50 states. Self Check is a free online service that allows individuals to check their worker eligibility status before applying for a new job.
"We are pleased to complete, ahead of schedule, our expansion of this important tool for employees," said USCIS Directos Alejandro Mayorkas. "Since our initial launch in March, approximately 67,000 people have used Self Check and we anticipate that participation will dramatically increase with service now available to individuals across the country."
The E-Verify Self Check is simple and only takes a few minutes (depending on internet connection). The Self Check is offered in English and Spanish and asks users to enter their name, address, date of birth, and Social Security Number. The test then asks three personal questions that typically relate to past addresses or employers. After answering the questions, the Self Check offers a Confirmation or a Tentative Non-Confirmation. If you receive a Tentative Non-Confirmation, you'll be given instructions on how to clear up the issue.
The Self Check process is almost identical to the process used by employers who use E-Verify when processing a new hire. While Self Check only accepts Social Security numbers, however, the actual E-Verify system allows new hires to use a variety of identifying documents.
House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) has introduced legislation to require 100% of employers to begin using E-Verify within two years. The Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885) includes a provision that requires Self Check to be available in all 50 states.
To search for companies that are currently using E-Verify, click here.
Updated: Thu, Feb 16th 2012 @ 11:15am EST