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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:
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.
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