USCIS Expands Online E-Verify 'Self Check' Services; Could Yield New Job Opportunities
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has expanded its E-Verify program to includeSelf Check services in 16 new states, and is now offering the program in both English and Spanish. The program expansion could potentially yield new income opportunities for Notaries.
The free, web-based Self Check service allows users to access their own employment status and troubleshoot any issues prior to having a potential employer access their information. The process, developed by the Department of Homeland Security, was designed to make the employment verification process more efficient, while helping ensure workforce eligibility.
This continued effort to streamline the employment eligibility process comes at a time when more and more states are beginning to mandate E-Verification of new employees. While the Self-Check and E-Verify processes do not require notarization, many businesses have hired Notaries to serve as third party E-Verify Employer Agents to help submit identification data, due to the Notaries’ reputation for integrity, professionalism and experience in verifying identity.
Self Check is being rolled out to users in phases, and it is now available to users who have addresses in Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Colombia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. It is also being offered in Spanish in order to expand the reach of the program to the Spanish-speaking workforce.