DHS announces E-Verify Self Check

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Monday that they have launched E-Verify Self Check, which allows individuals in the U.S. to check their employment eligibility status prior to seeking work.

Until now, the E-Verify program, which is designed to confirm an individual’s legal work status after their employment, has only been available to employers. The E-Verify Self Check is the first online E-Verify program that has been offered directly to workers and job seekers.

According to a statement, the E-Verify Self Check process consists of four steps including:

- The entry of identifying information (name, date of birth, and address) online.
- Confirming the user’s identity by answering demographic and/or financial questions generated by a third-party identity assurance service.
- Entering work eligibility information (such as Social Security number, alien registration number, etc.)
- The Self Check program then checks the user’s information against relevant Social Security Administration and DHS databases and returns information on their work eligibility status.

In addition, E-Verify Self Check is available beginning March 21 to users who maintain an address and are physically located in Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia, or the District of Columbia. The information entered by E-Verify Self Check users is never shared with their employers or prospective employers and does not replace the results of an employer E-Verify query.

For more information about the E-Verify program, visit www.uscis.gov/everify.