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No one can require you to use Self Check to guarantee that you are authorized to work. For example, it is unlawful for a potential employer to require proof of your Self Check results before offering you a job.

If an employer asks you to run a Self Check query to prove that you are authorized to work in the United States, you should notify the Department of Justice, Office of Special Counsel for Unfair Employment Practices at (800) 255-7688.

For more information, refer to the Know Your Rights page from the link in the left navigation bar.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 
02/09/2012

Self Check is an Official United States Government System, which may be used only for authorized purposes. Websites for the Department of Homeland Security have been established in accordance with the Interim ISS Directive, which includes regular risk assessments and certifications. The Chief Information Officer of the Department of Homeland Security is the final authority on security requirements and controls for Homeland Security Websites. Every effort is made to ensure the quality, integrity, and utility of the information on this site while ensuring privacy and security. Only authorized personnel may alter Web pages. Unauthorized use of this system may result in criminal, civil, and/or administrative penalties.

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02/09/2012

During the Self Check process, the personal information you provide may be stored by up to three separate systems as described below.

The Self Check service collects the information that you provide and passes it to either an independent service for identity assurance or to the E-Verify Program for a check of your employment eligibility. The Self Check service does not keep a record of your personal information any longer than necessary, and purges all personal information used in the identity assurance process at the end of your session. For example, your address is no longer stored by Self Check after the identity assurance process, as it is not needed later in the process.

The independent identity assurance service stores your personal information for one year as required by the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Your information is never shared except where required by law.

USCIS actively monitors the system to prevent misuse.

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02/09/2012

No. The information you enter while using Self Check, and the result displayed by Self Check, is never shared with an employer.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 
02/09/2012