E-Verify Self Check – What You Need to Know

U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityE-Verify Self Check, a new featuring being launched by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) March 21, 2011, is an online tool designed to allow anyone to check their employment eligibility. E-Verify Self Check will get its start as a pilot program being tested in five states – Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi and Virginia. To use the E-Verify Self Check, individuals must answer a series of questions related to personal identity. After supplying that information, a third party service is used to verify identity and report back to the user on their employment eligibility.

One of the largest benefits of E-Verify Self Check for employees is that they can identify data mismatches and correct any issues before an employer would need to verify their identity. A sample E-Verify Self Check can be seen on the USCIS website, allowing users to view the steps of the self-check process prior to the tool being opened to the public in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi and Virginia.

Although the E-Verify Self Check tool is helpful, it is important to remember that the employer is ultimately responsible for ensuring all employees are eligible to work in the United States. As reported by the Wall Street Journal in February, the federal government is requiring as many as 1,000 companies to submit their I-9 Forms for review as part of an ongoing crackdown on employers that employ illegal immigrants.

As a charter member of the IMAGE (ICE Mutual Agreement Between Government and Employer) program, Staff Management follows the best hiring practices for associates that we place at our client’s sites. Additionally, using these government validated best practices, Staff Management can act as your designated agent to implement and administer the E-Verify system. Through E-Verify, Staff Management verifies workforce authorization with the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security to mitigate your risk and protect your company’s brand. To learn more about how Staff Management can help you become I-9 compliant visit us at www.staffmanagement.com, call 800.746.9462.