As reported by the Washington Times, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) could possibly plan to add a self-check system so workers can pre-screen themselves with E-Verify, the electronic database used on a voluntary basis by some employers to screen the employment eligibility of their prospective employees.
E-Verify, which allows employers to check Social Security numbers of prospective employees to see if they were eligible to work, remains a strong tool to help make sure jobs go to citizens and legal immigrants and enables employers to ensure a lawful work force that complies with employment eligibility verification laws, the Times reports.
The move to self-checking would put power in the hands of workers to make sure of their status with E-Verify before applying for new jobs, the Times reports, and more than 170,000 employers are already signed up to use the E-Verify system since some states made its use mandatory while others required state contractors to use E-Verify. The federal government requires contractors to check both new hires and all employees who are working on federal contracts with E-Verify.
The Times reports that nearly 97 percent of all workers are approved automatically by E-Verify, while the rest are allowed to contest a non-confirmation, with only three-tenths of a percent of those checked successfully contest a non-confirmation. The self-check system would cut down on the need for contested non-confirmations.
A designated E-Verify service agent, I-9Compliance.com — a web-based I-9/E-Verify solution from nationally recognized employment screening provider Pre-Employ.com — is pre-integrated with the DHS’ E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system and helps employers ensure compliance, eliminate errors, and avoid government audits.