Personal E-Verify Service Debuts in 16 States

By Roy Maurer Jan 13, 2015
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced Jan. 13, 2015, the expansion of the myE-Verify “one-stop shop for employees” service in 16 additional states.

Workers in California, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington will join those already using the service in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, Virginia and the District of Columbia in being able to create and maintain personal accounts and access identity protection features in the E-Verify program. E-Verify is the free Web-based service run by the Department of Homeland Security and used by nearly 550,000 employers to verify employment eligibility.

“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 site 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 (SSNs) 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.”

USCIS plans to eventually roll out myE-Verify nationwide.

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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