United States Customs and Immigration Services has added the Department of State's passport data to E-Verify to further increase the reliability of system. USCIS said that the enhancement is already reducing the instances of mismatches among foreign-born citizens.

A study in September of 2007 revealed that foreign-born citizens were more likely to receive a tentative non-conformation than U.S. born citizens. By adding passport data to E-Verify, the system can now produce a more accurate response when a passport is used while filing an I-9. If a potential employee receives a tentative non-confirmation (TNC) using a social security card and driver's license, a passport can resolve the problem before it requires the potential employee to have to follow up on the TNC with the Social Security Administration.

Passport data combined with other enhancements by USCIS have reduced tentative non-confirmations by 39 percent. Additionally, foreign-born U.S. citizens who ultimately receive TNCs may now call USCIS directly rather than visiting an SSA office to resolve their cases. More than 60 percent of foreign-born U.S. citizens who have received a TNC have chosen this option and of those, more than 90 percent have led to a final determination of “work-authorized” over the telephone.

More than 113,000 employers currently participate in E-Verify and an average of 1,000 sign up each week. More than three million queries have been entered into E-Verify since October of 2008 and better than 96.1 percent receive instant employment authorization.

E-Verify is set to expire on March 6 unless Congress extends it with its Omnibus Appropriations bill. See your Action Buffet for actions you can take.

See NumbersUSA's Fact Sheet on E-Verify.

Updated: Wed, Dec 30th 2009 @ 11:39am EST