Employment Identity: E-Verify Self Check Expands
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that E-Verify Self Check 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. Self Check is a free online service of E-Verify that allows workers to check their own employment eligibility status.
The biggest challenge to moving privacy-sensitive business processes on line is establishment of a person’s identity without requiring cumbersome and expensive face-to-face identity checks. A government agency working to give a citizen access to their private information (like signing up for benefits), is challenged with identifying a person among 245 million adults!
A system that can correctly identify “only” 98% of people signing up compared to one that can identify 99%, could potentially mean two million folks calling a help center (which means a significant cost in taxpayer dollars) or forgoing the ability to do their business on-line.
USCIS had this challenge when they conceived of E-Verify Self Check. We are proud to see USCIS able to launch Self Check with our identity proofing tools for 5 states flawlessly in March and now able to roll it out to 16 additional states, including California and Texas (the two most populous states).
When workers use Self Check to confirm their eligibility to work in the United States, 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. Self Check needs to carefully identify each user to ensure that records are only being accessed and corrected by the employee so that fraud or additional confusion does not occur.
“Self Check equips workers with fast, secure access to their employment eligibility information before they apply for jobs,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. “By offering Self Check to Spanish speakers and making the service more widely available, USCIS makes good on a promise to streamline and protect the integrity of the E-Verify process for employees and employers alike.” USCIS will continue to evaluate and improve the Self Check service, which it intends to expand nationwide by spring 2012.
For more information about how accurate identity proofing can help your agency improve process efficiency, contact our specialists.
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