USCIS Program Developments Aim to Assist Immigrants

E-Verify Mandatory

Self-service technology is a key characteristic of new developments to United States Citizenship and Immigration Service programs. The programs— each implemented by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)— are designed to reduce fraud and promote convenience and efficiency by allowing for status self checks with workplace permissions and public benefit programs.

The E-verify program, adopted in 2007, was designed to provide a fast and efficient way for employers to verify potential employees as eligible for work. With the early October launch of myE-verify, USCIS allows immigrants verify their status within the system. Initially launched in five states– Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia—and the District of Columbia, USCIS will continue broadening the program to a national scale in future releases.

By self-authenticating work eligibility within the E-verify system, immigrants can ensure employers will have access to accurate information. Ideally, the set up will add efficiency to the E-verify program. Although the program has garnered a fair share of controversy, USCIS reported last spring that up to 1,500 employers signed up every week to use the E-verify system.

Besides status checks for work, USCIS has produced a new informative video about its Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program. SAVE is used for access public programs. It’s used to help immigrants obtain such things as Social Security cards, housing assistance, Medicaid and state-issued driver’s license.

Registered agencies with access to SAVE Program verification of immigrant status is used for immigrants, non-immigrants, naturalized citizens and derived citizens. Agencies using the SAVE Program can quickly access federal database information that carries more than 100 million records.

The video is meant to assist community-based organizations and immigration-advocacy groups in ensuring eligibility for public programs, according to a release.

“We encourage federal, state, and local benefit granting agencies registered with the SAVE Program and to play the five-minute DVD in their waiting rooms or other public areas where benefit applicants can easily view it,” the release says.

Organizations can order copies of the DVD free of charge. The video is also available for download, or can be accessed from the SAVE YouTube channel.