Late last year, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (“USCIS”) launched myE-Verify, a website tool for individuals seeking employment in the U.S. myE-Verify allows individuals to set up free and secure personal accounts to manage their employment eligibility information and includes a “Self Check” feature, enabling prospective workers to verify their own employment eligibility status prior to seeking employment. myE-Verify also lets an employee “lock” his social security number so that it cannot be used illegally by someone else.
In September 2015, USCIS launched a Spanish-language version of myE-Verify and rolled out enhanced features for both the English and Spanish sites, including:
- Case History: Allows account holders to generate reports showing when their employment eligibility data was used in E-Verify.
- Case Tracker: Enables account holders to track the status of their E-Verify case using the case verification number.
Particularly with its new Spanish-language edition, myE-Verify can be a useful tool for individuals seeking employment in the construction industry. It indirectly helps employers because individuals are empowered to verify their own status prior to applying for employment. However, be mindful that myE-Verify is a resource intended to assist employees, not employers. Employers are prohibited from, and can be sued for, using E-Verify for anything other than verifying employment eligibility at the post-hire stage. myE-Verify, like E-Verify itself, cannot be used to prescreen prospective employees for employment eligibility. As tempting as it might be, you cannot require applicants to produce evidence of myE-Verify enrollment or share results of their own use of myE-Verify as a condition of seeking employment.