By Ray Ruiz
US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that Self Check, a free online service of E-Verify that allows workers to check their own employment eligibility status, is now available in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.
Launched in March 2011 by Secretary Napolitano and USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas, the announcement delivers on the goal of expanding Self Check nationally within one year.
“We are pleased to complete, ahead of schedule, our expansion of this important tool for employees,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas during a press conference at the agency’s field office in Orlando, Fla. “Since our initial launch in March, approximately 67,000 people have used Self Check and we anticipate that participation will dramatically increase with service now available to individuals across the country.”
The accuracy of E-Verify has been called into question by the National Council of La Raza and other Hispanic advocacy groups. According to NCLR, foreign-born U.S. citizens and legal immigrants are 30 times more likely than native-born workers to be wrongly flagged as ineligble to work.
Names that sound “foreign” or “ethnic” to employers, regardless of their immigration status, are at a higher risk of being entered into E-Verify incorrectly because of data entry mistakes like misspellings…