En route to the goal of covering all 50 states, support of the federal E-Verify program—used for work authorization checks—was added in January in 16 states around the country. At the end of last year, only five states and the District of Columbia incorporated E-Verify in the employment process.
As the E-Verify electronic program compares employee-provided Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Form information to government records with the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS.) By matching the information, employers determine an new hire’s work authorization status.
E-Verify, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Verification Division of USCIS, and the Social Security Administration, is likewise promoted as providing benefits to those who create a personal account on the program’s Self Check feature. With Self Check, account holders can lock a Social Security number to prevent fraudulent use.
While the identity protection element is promoted by program stakeholders as a promotable feature, officials denied the suggested incorporation of “dynamic, multidimensional, knowledge-based authentication technology” as suggested by The Society for Human Resource Management and the Council for Global Immigration.
Officials are using the E-Verify program as a stepping stone toward community outreach. According to reported numbers, more than 500,000 employers use the E-Verify programs and it’s adopted by approximately 1,400 new companies every week.
The 16 states to make E-Verify available to workers are: California, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington.
Besides the District of Columbia, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi and Virginia already used E-Verify.
The rollout to the 16 states is a part of DHS’ effort to see all 50 states adopt the E-Verify program.