MyE-Verify Expands to All 50 States

By Roy Maurer Apr 27, 2015
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced April 13, 2015, the nationwide expansion of the myE-Verify “one-stop shop for employees” service.

Now workers across the country can check their employment eligibility against records used by E-Verify, the free Web-based service run by the Department of Homeland Security and used by 600,000 employers to verify employment eligibility.

E-Verify was established in 1997 and compares information from workers’ I-9 forms to Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security records to assess U.S. employment authorization. Employer participation in the program is largely voluntary; however, federal contractors are required to use E-Verify, and there are several states with laws regarding employers’ usage of E-Verify, either requiring or prohibiting its use.

USCIS developed myE-Verify after Congress requested that services be offered to allow workers to participate in the employment verification process.

“Since its inception, E-Verify has provided employees with valuable online tools and resources regarding the employment eligibility verification process,” said USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez. “MyE-Verify signifies a significant step forward for added transparency, features and identity protection.”

The myE-Verify website allows:

  • Employees and job seekers to set up free personal accounts to manage the use of their information in E-Verify and Self Check, used by job seekers to check their own employment eligibility status separately from the employer-focused E-Verify process.
  • Account holders to choose to lock their Social Security numbers to prevent unauthorized or fraudulent use within E-Verify. “Users can proactively protect their identities from being used by others to illegally gain employment,” the agency said.
  • Users to take advantage of resources in multimedia formats that “educate employees about their rights as well as the responsibilities of employers in the employment eligibility verification process.”

The Society for Human Resource Management and the Council for Global Immigration recommended in March 2014 that the then-proposed myE-Verify program incorporate multidimensional, knowledge-based authentication technology to safeguard against identity theft. The recommendations were not implemented.

Roy Maurer is an online editor/manager for SHRM.

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