Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the agency that oversees legal immigration to the country – has launched a new service called myE-Verify designed to give workers a free and secure way to participate in the E-Verify process. To access the myE-verify website, visit http://www.uscis.gov/mye-verify.
“Since its inception, E-Verify has provided employees with valuable online tools and resources regarding the employment eligibility verification process,” USCIS Director León Rodríguez stated in a news release about the launch. “myE-Verify signifies a significant step forward for added transparency, features, and identity protection.”
Designed to be a one-stop shop for employees to create and maintain secure personal accounts, myE-Verify allows access to new E-Verify features such as Self Check and the Employee Rights Toolkit. For added security, individuals will have their identities verified through Self Check, in order to create a myE-Verify account.
The following new services are introduced with myE-Verify:
- myE-Verify accounts – Allows employees and job seekers to set up free and secure personal accounts to manage the use of their information in E-Verify and Self Check through the available myE-Verify features.
- Self Lock – Allows individuals 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. Self Lock is available only to myE-Verify account holders.
- myResources – A section of the myE-Verify site that contains information in multi-media formats to educate employees about their rights as well as responsibilities of employers in the employment eligibility verification process.
myE-Verify accounts and Self Lock will initially be accessible to individuals in Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. In future releases, USCIS will roll out myE-Verify across the country with plans for additional features focused on employees and job seekers.
E-Verify is the free web-based service from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) used by nearly 550,000 employers to verify the employment eligibility of persons they hire. For more information on E-Verify, visit http://www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.
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Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) – ‘The Background Check Authority®’ – is a Designated E-Verify Employer Agent that helps employers with E-Verify and Form I-9 compliance. To contact ESR about E-Verify services, call Toll Free 888.999.4474 or visit http://www.esrcheck.com/.