E-Verify Self Check Coming Soon

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that individuals may begin self-checking their work authorization status in E-Verify even before their employer does. The feature will be available beginning March 18, 2011.

E-Verify is an online tool that allows employers to verify the work authorization of new hires by cross-checking federal government databases. Employers that participate in E-Verify may only check work authorization of employees and may not use the system as a pre-screening tool. As such, employees often do not learn of an error in the database until they have already begun to work. Once E-Verify identifies a problem, employees only have a limited period of time to resolve E-Verify issues and often they must miss work to do so.
The new self-check feature will provide an avenue for individuals to check their work authorization status outside of the normal E-Verify process and to remedy any problems before starting work.

“The self-check certainly has the promise of reducing E-Verify tentative non-confirmations,” says MSEC Immigration Services Manager Ryan Adair. However, “because the feature breaks new ground, it’s hard to tell whether individuals will actually use the self-check feature or if they will even be able to fix E-Verify problems proactively.”