Agency Action

More than 500,000 employers using E-Verify. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced in January that more than 500,000 companies are now using E-Verify, the online service that allows employers to check their new employees' eligibility to work. The service was established in 1996. Annual enrollments increased tenfold during the program's first 16 years, from 11,474 in fiscal year (FY) 1996 to 111,671 in FY 2012. During FY 2013, employers used E-Verify more than 25 million times, according to the USCIS. The agency has made changes over the years to address complaints, including forging agreements with select states' departments of motor vehicles to ensure the authenticity of driver's licenses that employees use as identity documents, the introduction of Self Check, which allows workers to look up their own employment eligibility status and correct their records before seeking employment, and a program to fight identity fraud by locking Social Security numbers suspected of being misused. Read More...