How To Check Your Own Employment Eligibility In The United States

March 21, 2011

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Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched E-Verify Self Check, the first online E-Verify program offered directly to the U.S. workforce. E-Verify Self Check, is a fast, simple, secure and free service, that enables individuals to voluntarily check their own employment eligibility status.

If any mismatches are found between the information you provide and your Department of Homeland Security or Social Security Administration records, Self Check will inform you of how to correct those mismatches.

Once you have confirmed your employment eligibility using Self Check, you are unlikely to encounter difficulties upon being hired by an E-Verify participating employer.

USCIS is releasing E-Verify Self Check in phases, with the first phase only accessible to users who maintain an address and are physically located in Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia, or the District of Columbia.

Learn more about E-Verify Self Check.

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How to Stay Up-To-Date On E-Verify

January 22, 2010

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E-Verify Facts:

  • E-Verify is a voluntary program for employers, with limited exceptions.
  • Companies can access E-Verify online and compare an employee’s Form I-9 information with over 444 million records in the Social Security Administration database, and more than 60 million records in Department of Homeland Security immigration databases.
  • More than 182,000 employers are enrolled in the program, with over 8.7 million queries run through the system in fiscal year 2009.
  • There have been over 3.6 million queries run through the system in fiscal year 2010 (as of January 16, 2010).
  • E-Verify is an essential tool for employers committed to maintaining a legal workforce, and the number of registered employers is growing by over 1,200 per week.

*Reported by Department of Homeland Security

Advantages of using FYI Screening for E-Verify:

  • As a designated E-Verify service provider, FYI Screening can help you join the growing ranks of those employers who use the E-Verify system to confirm the legal status of workers in the United States.
  • Seamless integration into our online background screening system. When you order a background check on an applicant you can easily order an E-Verify check.
  • Quick, accurate results
  • Confirmation number provides streamlined record-keeping in one convenient online location.  This is great for companies with multiple locations.
  • Reduces liability by providing an electronic trail for auditing.

For more information about E-Verify, please contact us at 1-800-809-2419 or click here.

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Judge Rejects Bid to Delay E-Verify Mandate

September 8, 2009

The Wall Street Journal reports:

Agencies across the federal government Tuesday will start ordering contractors to use an electronic immigration system to verify the legal status of their roughly 3.8 million workers, barring an emergency stay from a federal appeals court in Virginia.

The sweeping new mandate, crafted by the Bush White House but being implemented by the Obama administration, represents a significant expansion for the so-called E-Verify system, which government officials and independent experts expect to become mandatory for all private employers nationwide in the future.

About 169,000 federal contractors and subcontractors will eventually be covered by the program taking effect Tuesday.

U.S. District Court Judge Alexander Williams, Jr., of Maryland, rejected an 11th-hour-effort late Friday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups to delay the mandate while a federal appeal is pending.

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August 28, 2009

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August 3, 2009

In case you missed any of our employee screening articles for June and July, here’s a quick recap of our most popular:

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E-Verify for Employers in South Carolina and Mississippi

June 25, 2009

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An E-Alert from Ogletree Deakins, one of America’s three largest labor and employment law firms:

  • Starting July 1, 2009, South Carolina employers with 100 or more employees must perform a special verification for newly-hired employees. These employers will be required either to use E-Verify or review a qualifying driver’s license. State contractors with 500 or more employees became subject to the same requirements on January 1, 2009 (see Ogletree Deakins’ June 4, 2008 E-Alert for more information on the law).
  • The Mississippi Employment Protection Act (S.B. 2988) phases in a requirement on employers to participate in E-Verify. On July 1, 2008, all Mississippi agencies and political subdivisions, all public contractors, and private employers with 250 or more employees became subject to the E-Verify requirement. On July 1, 2009, private employers with 100 or more employees will also become subject to the requirement (see Ogletree Deakins’ April 4, 2008 E-Alert for a complete review of the Mississippi law).

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6 Tips On I-9 Compliance In The Hospitality Industry

June 2, 2009

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National labor and employment law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP has some excellent tips on I-9 compliance for the hospitality industry.

  • The Form I-9 is one of the most effective tools for ensuring that a newly-hired employee is authorized to work in the United States.
  • Employers who have heavy turnover, or who have multiple locations, should consider replacing paper I-9 forms with an electronic software program.  An electronic I-9 program instantly double-checks that each form is entered completely and accurately. These programs can also be synchronized with the E-Verify federal database, if used or required.
  • Employers in the hospitality industry often have more than one location in which they do business. In many cases, individuals are hired at various locations and personnel paperwork is not processed centrally. Your best defense is to make available company-wide training-and-compliance manuals. A written policy dictating the timeline for when an I-9 form should be completed, together with simple but comprehensive instructions, can help ensure that your company’s human resources personnel are completing I-9s in a consistent and accurate manner.
  • Because proper training is never going to fully eliminate errors and omissions, employers should conduct a central audit of all I-9 forms at least annually.
  • Because of the seasonal nature of many hospitality businesses, it’s common for employees to work for a particular establishment for only part of the year, or for a one-time event such as a convention. This leads to a common scenario where an employee is hired, subsequently terminated, and re-hired during a later season or for a later event. Employers in this situation often assume that since an I-9 form was completed on that employee’s behalf originally, there is no need to re-verify that the employee has authorization to work. But this is not true. An I-9 form completed for a previously-terminated employee is only valid upon re-hire if the documents originally used for the I-9 form are still valid and have not expired. Also, the individual’s original start date must not have been more than three years in the past.
  • Pro-actively institute company-wide training and compliance guidelines to ensure that non-compliance at one location doesn’t attract government scrutiny for the entire company. Finally, the I-9 form appears deceptively simple but can be complex. Don’t be afraid to seek assistance in properly completing and retaining I-9 forms.

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Advantages of using FYI Screening for E-Verify:

  • As a designated E-Verify service provider, FYI Screening can help you join the growing ranks of those employers who use the E-Verify system to confirm the legal status of workers in the United States.
  • Seamless integration into our online background screening system. When you order a background check on an applicant you can easily order an E-Verify check.
  • Quick, accurate results
  • Confirmation number provides streamlined record-keeping in one convenient online location.  This is great for companies with multiple locations.
  • Reduces liability by providing an electronic trail for auditing.

For more information about E-Verify, please contact us at 1-800-809-2419 or click here.

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E-Verify Federal Contractor Rule Delayed 4th Time

June 1, 2009

Seyfarth Shaw reports:

“The federal government has extended, for a fourth time, the effective date of the E-Verify requirement for federal government contractors. The regulation is now set to take effect on September 8, 2009. The effective date is being delayed to give the Obama administration additional time to review the regulation, which was originally scheduled to be implemented on January 15, 2009. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an official announcement of the delay is expected to be published in the Federal Register this week.”

E-Verify Facts:

- Use of E-Verify is mandatory in 12 states
- 6.6 Million E-Verify queries were run in 2008*
- Over 1000 companies sign up each week*
- More than 100,000 employers use E-Verify today*
- 96% of workers immediately are authorized to work through E-Verify*
- Employees have the right to contest results
- 13% of all new hires were E-Verified in 2008

*Reported by Department of Homeland Security

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