With government rules requiring employers to verify work authorization for employees and potential employees, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is working to insure workers have a thorough understanding of their rights. In this light, USCIS has developed a quiz that covers three essential aspects of the work authorization rules– Form I-9, E-Verify and Self Check.
The quiz is currently made up of 15 questions—five each that cover Form I-9, E-Verify and Self Check. More questions will be added to the quiz in the future. In a blog post on the topic, USCIS officials say the untimed quiz takes only a few minutes to complete. Access to the quiz is available through the I-9 Central and E-Verify websites. Job seekers likewise have access to many other resources in the Employee Rights Toolkit.
E-Verify is an Internet-based system that gives employers access to finding job applicants’ work authorization. The E-Verify system works by comparing the information from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, with information from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration. Through a comparison of records, employers can quickly verify an applicants’ eligibility for work.
Among the questions on the quiz are items like, “Why must I complete Section 1 of Form I-9 every time I start a new job?” Answer options include:
- Employers are required to have new employees complete a Form I-9 to know as much as possible about each employee hired
- Employers are required to have their new employees complete the Form I-9 to document and verify identity and employment eligibility
- Employers are required to verify each new hire to ensure an employee is compatible with the employer’s personality.”
Regardless of the answer applicants choose, the quiz provides feedback. In the above example, for instance, the correct B option prompts a message stating, “Correct. Employers are required by law to use the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 to document that they have verified the identity and employment eligibility of each new employee (U.S. citizens and noncitizens).”