U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a new enhancement to the E-Verify System that will allow USCIS to directly notify employees of an information mismatch within the E-Verify system. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility. The Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States, and was recently revised to allow employees to voluntarily provide their e-mail address. The existing practice in cases of an information or record mismatch that must be resolved before an employee may be confirmed for employment was to issue a Tentative Nonconfirmation (TNC) to the employer, who must then contact the employee. TNCs generally are issued when an employer provides employee information to E-Verify that does not match the data found within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or Social Administration records.
As a result of the latest USCIS customer service enhancement, if an employee provides his or her e-mail address on the Form I-9, E-Verify will now directly notify the employee of the TNC at the same time the employer is notified. Additionally, the new enhancement will allow E-Verify to send reminder e-mails to employees if no action has been taken to resolve the TNC within four days of a decision to contest, and to notify the employee about the need to update the data found within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or Social Administration records.