The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has launched a new service that allows individuals in the U.S. to check their own employment eligibility status before formally seeking employment. E-Verify Self Check is the first online E-Verify program offered directly to workers and job seekers.

The program gives users the opportunity to submit corrections of any inaccuracies in their Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) records before applying for a job. The results of a self-check query don’t replace the results of an employer E-Verify query, nor are they shared with user’s employer or prospective employers. The E-Verify Self-Check process consists of four steps:

  • Users enter identifying information online (such as name, date of birth, and address).
  • Users confirm their identity by answering demographic and/or financial questions generated by a third-party identity assurance service (such as Equifax).
  • Users enter work eligibility information, such as a Social Security number, and, depending on citizenship status, an Alien Registration number.
  • E-Verify Self Check checks user’s information against relevant SSA and DHS databases and returns information on user’s employment eligibility status.
The self-check program is currently available in Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia and the District of Columbia. The program will be expanded nationwide on a rolling basis over the next few months.