E-Verify Self Check

March 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Through the E-Verify electronic program, employers can verify the employment eligibility of their employees, once hired. In simple terms, employers submit information taken from a new recruit’s Form I-9 through E-Verify to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to verify if information is similar to government records and also if the newly recruited individual is authorized to work in the US.

Before using E-Verify, you are required to enroll your company or organization in the program. The company can be a small family-owned shop or a multinational corporation. You have to enroll your company only once and then you can register yourself and others. Remember, you do not enroll your company multiple times. Trying to enroll a company that is already enrolled in E-Verify will lead to delay in your enrollment.

You can choose E-Verify participation on a site-by-site basis. Your company has to use E-Verify for all new recruits at each participating site. Though E-Verify gives this flexibility to your company, your local and state laws may be more restrictive. Certain states require companies to use E-Verify at all sites within that state. While enrolling, you have to choose the number of hiring sites in each state that will participate in E-Verify.

To determine how to best use E-Verify, start with understanding how your company processes its Forms I-9. Some things to consider are:

  • When and where do employees complete the Form I-9?
  • Does your company outsource processing of Form I-9?
  • Does your company send its Forms I-9 to a central location?

Self Check was developed to help individuals to check their own employment eligibility status. In addition, it also acts as guidance on how to correct an individuals DHS and SSA records. Self Check is available in English and Spanish. Through this, individuals can enter the same information into Self Check that employers enter into E-Verify. Since this program came into effect, thousands of individuals have used Self Check to access their federal employment eligibility records and for guidance on how to correct record discrepancies before the hiring process. Starting August 2011, Self Check was made available to users in both English and Spanish.

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