USCIS Launches Spanish-Language Version of E-Verify Self Check
August 30, 2011 § 1 Comment
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that Self Check, a free online service of E-Verify that allows workers to check their own employment eligibility status, is now available in Spanish and accessible to residents in 16 additional states: California, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Today’s announcement expands on the initial launch of Self Check in March 2011 for residents who reside in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Self Check is the first online service offered directly to U.S. workers by E-Verify, a Department of Homeland Security program administered by USCIS in partnership with the Social Security Administration. Employers use the Internet-based E-Verify service to determine employees’ eligibility to work in the U.S. through information reported in the employee’s Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification).
When workers over the age of 16 use Self Check to confirm their eligibility to work in the U.S., they enter the same information that employers would enter into E-Verify. Self Check allows users to compare their information to the same databases that E-Verify accesses, giving them an opportunity to address any existing data mismatches before they are hired by an E-Verify-participating employer.
USCIS promises to continue to evaluate and improve the Self Check service, which it intends to expand nationwide by spring 2012.