The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – has launched a Spanish language version of ‘Self Check,’ a free online service of E-Verify that allows workers to check their own employment eligibility status, according to a USCIS news release. Self Check has also expanded from its initial March 2011 launch to residents of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, Virginia, and the District of Columbia to now include 16 additional states: California, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Washington.
Self Check is the first online service offered directly to U.S. workers by E-Verify, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program administered by USCIS in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Employers use the Internet-based E-Verify service to determine eligibility of employees to work in the United States through information reported in the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 of employees.
Workers using Self Check to confirm their work eligibility in the U.S. enter the same information into E-Verify that employers would enter, and can compare their information to the same databases E-Verify accesses, which gives them an opportunity to address any existing data mismatches before they are hired by an E-Verify-participating employer.
The USCIS intends to expand the E-Verify Self Check service nationwide by spring of 2012. For more information on E-Verify Self Check, visit http://www.uscis.gov/selfcheck. For the Spanish language version of E-Verify Self Check, click this link.
Currently, federal contractors and subcontractors in all states must use E-Verify and many U.S. states have additional mandates on the use of E-Verify by employers. A listing of current E-Verify requirements can be found on the E-Verify Legislation Map that contains the most recent updates which is available at http://www.trackercorp.com/everify-legislation-map.php.
Employers may choose to have a Designated E-Verify Employer Agent assist them in maintaining compliance with the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification process. Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a nationwide background check company accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) – is a Designated E-Verify Employer Agent that can help employers virtually eliminate I-9 form errors, improve the accuracy of their reporting, protect jobs for authorized workers, and help maintain a legal workforce.
To learn more about ESR’s E-Verify services, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/formi9.php.
About Employment Screening Resources (ESR):
Employment Screening Resources (ESR) literally wrote the book on background screening with “The Safe Hiring Manual” by ESR founder and President Lester Rosen. ESR streamlines the screening process and reduces administrative overhead though its proprietary technology solutions. ESR is one of a select few firms accredited by The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®). This important recognition was achieved by successfully passing a third party audit demonstrating compliance with the NAPBS Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program. By choosing an accredited screening firm like ESR, employers know they have selected an agency that meets the highest industry standards. For more information about ESR, visit http://www.ESRcheck.com.