In an effort to close workplace loopholes that make it easy for illegal immigrants to obtain US jobs, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced they were re-launching its E-Verify.gov website. The program allows employers to electronically verify employees eligibility to work lawfully in the US.
The E-Verify.gov program is open to all employers and employees online.
The website provides “information about E-Verify and Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, including employee rights and employer responsibilities in the employment verification process. E-Verify.gov allows employers to enroll in E-Verify directly and permits current users to access their accounts. Individuals with myE-Verify accounts can also access their accounts through E-Verify.gov,” USCIS said.
“For the past decade, E-Verify has been the cornerstone of our continued commitment to helping employers maintain a legal workforce,” USCIS Director Francis Cissna said. “E-Verify.gov now allows users to better understand and navigate through the employment verification process.”
“E-Verify is a free, easy-to-use internet-based system. Employers can access E-Verify anytime, anywhere directly from a web browser. Nearly all employees are confirmed as work-authorized instantly or within 24 hours. The system, which has nearly 800,000 enrolled employers, compares information from an employee’s Form I-9 to records available to the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration to verify authorization to work in the US,” according to its website.
Critics argue that the program does have glitches and can ensnare legal workers. If someone lands on the cannot work list, it’s their obligation to get removed from the government database.
Part of President Trump’s Buy American and Hire American executive order, E-Verify seeks to reduce a magnet for illegal immigration and ensure jobs are given to lawful residents and Americans.