Program launched to help workers check employment eligibility

The federal government recently announced the creation of E-Verify Self Check, which seeks to allow people to check their work eligibility themselves.

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced the creation of the program, which will also allow workers to submit corrected data to both the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“E-Verify is a smart, simple, and effective tool that allows us to work with employers to help them maintain a legal workforce,” Napolitano said. “The E-Verify Self Check service will help protect workers and streamline the E-Verify process for businesses.”

Worker eligibility has been an important subject in recent months as a number of businesses, including restaurant chain Chipotle, have had to fire hundreds of employees after immigration audits found that the workers were not eligible to work in the US.

The E-Verify Self Check will consist of a four-part process: users enter identity information, users confirm their identity by answering financial and demographic questions, users enter work eligibility information such as an Alien Registration number and then the program checks the information against DHS and SSA records to determine work eligibility status.