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Job seekers in the US urged to use new online service to verify their status

by Ray Clancy on November 18, 2014

Workers and job seekers in the United States can now use an online verification process to confirm their employment eligibility.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made the myE-Verify process available to anyone in the states of Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia and Washington, DC, with further states to be added over the coming months.

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The myE-Verify process is now available to anyone in the states of Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Mississippi, Virginia and Washington, DC

‘USCIS is always looking for ways to support jobs in the United States. myE-Verify is our newest service for workers and job seekers which is a free and secure way to confirm  employment eligibility,’ said Juliet Choi, USCIS chief of staff.

The process allows people to create a personal account to manage how their information is used in E-Verify and easily access Self Check, where any US workers can confirm their employment eligibility themselves.

Features include the ability to lock Social Security numbers in E-Verify, preventing fraudulent use in the system in the future and access to resources explaining employee rights in the employment eligibility process.

‘While myE-Verify is currently only available to a limited audience, all workers and job seekers in the US can still use the Self Check system and check out helpful materials in the myResources section,’ added Choi.

More than half a million US employers already use E-Verify to check that their new hires are authorised to work in the United States. Almost 1,400 more employers are joining this free online service each week.

‘If you get a job anywhere in the country, it’s more and more likely your employer will use E-Verify to quickly confirm your employment eligibility. By using myE-Verify to protect your identity, you can help make sure employers will see the real you,’ explained Choi.

Meanwhile, USCIS has awarded nearly $10 million in grants today to 40 organizations that will help permanent residents prepare and apply for US citizenship until September 2016.

Now in its sixth year, the program has helped more than 93,000 permanent residents prepare for citizenship. USCIS anticipates that an additional 32,000 permanent residents will receive citizenship preparation services by the end of September 2016, as a result of the grant programme.

‘Our Citizenship and Integration Grant Program is an integral part of our agency’s mission of supporting immigrant integration and participation in American civic culture,’ said USCIS director León Rodríguez.

‘Grant recipient organizations, located throughout the country, are a crucial network of supporters that help tens of thousands of permanent residents access high quality services and gain access to valuable citizenship information,’ he pointed out.

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