E-Verify Self Check Goes Nationwide
As you may know, employers are required to verify the identity and employment eligibility for all people hired in the United States. In addition to the standard employment verification processes, Staff Management | SMX is also a participant in the E-Verify program. As E-Verify program participants, and IMAGE Charter Members, we are required to consistently use E-Verify for every candidate that goes through our hiring process.
One of the challenges for employers utilizing E-Verify is successful navigation through the potential issues that come with hiring thousands of associates every year. As the number of office locations and employees grows, the number of issues associated with employment authorization increases exponentially. Offices can quickly become overwhelmed with administrative tasks that potentially delay staffing firms from getting associates where they need them to be working.
On February 9, 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the free online Self Check feature, as part of the E-Verify program, is now available in all 50 states, plus Washington D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. Developed through a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), E-Verify Self Check was initially launched in March of 2011 and has already had approximately 67,000 participants. The national expansion of the Self Check service was completed ahead of schedule, according to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas.
The Self Check service provides potential employees the opportunity to check their own records and ensure they are accurate before those individuals are processed through E-Verify by a staffing provider. In this manner, potential employees are able to verify the same records that a staffing provider processes as they are going through the hiring process. Additionally, it provides the potential employee guidance on resolving any mismatch between the information they provide and the data in their records, if necessary. Follow-up on inaccurate or missing information is not required when individuals go through the Self Check process, but it will let them know why there is a not a match and how they can correct it.
Although the E-Verify Self Check does not give potential employees work authorization credentials, it provides the individual candidate with more information than they had in the past. This information may help to reduce the delays and potential actions needed once hired, which in turn can lead to faster on-boarding and higher compliance percentages.