USCIS ANNOUNCES ENHANCEMENTS TO E-VERIFY PROGRAM

On May 5, 2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced improvements to the E-Verify employment authorization program that will reduce a mismatch rate for naturalized citizens, while also streamlining and increasing the effectiveness of the overall program.

“Less than one percent of all work-authorized employees receive a tentative non-confirmation through E-Verify,” said USCIS Acting Director Jonathan Scharfen. “While this is a very small percentage, we believe every employee who is authorized to work in the United States should be instantly authorized by the program. We’re confident that the enhancements we’re launching today will help us achieve that goal.”

The E-Verify system will include naturalization data, which will help instantly confirm the citizenship status of naturalized U.S. citizens hired by E-Verify employers. Naturalized citizens who have not yet updated their records with the Social Security Administration (SSA) are the largest category of work-authorized persons who initially face an SSA mismatch in E-Verify.

E-Verify also will now include real time arrival data from the Integrated Border Inspection System. This additional data source will reduce the number of immigration status related mismatches for newly arriving workers who have entered the country legally.

More than 64,000 employers participate in E-Verify with approximately 1,000 new enrollments weekly. The Web-based system allows participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of newly-hired employees. USCIS operates the program in partnership with SSA.

A naturalized citizen who receives a citizenship mismatch with SSA can call USCIS directly to resolve the issue (in addition to the option of resolving the mismatch in person at any SSA field office.)

Additional details on the program are available on the E-Verify Web site at www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

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