Official Website of the United States Department of Homeland Security

Self Check is a service of E-Verify, which is a Department of Homeland Security program administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in partnership with the Social Security Administration.


For more information, a link to the E-Verify website can be found to the right.

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02/09/2012

The website has several visual styles designed to keep you aware of where you are in the process.

 

USCIS Screen Thumbnail

General information screens (such as this one) are part of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website.

Self Check Application ThumbnailOnce you begin the Self Check process, the screen design changes to indicate you are using the Self Check application.
ID Assurance ThumbnailWhen you are establishing your identity, you are asked questions generated by a trusted, independent, third party identity assurance service. These screens have a distinct design to provide a visual cue that the Department of Homeland Security is not informed about the content of the identity assurance quiz or your answers.
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Self Check launched in March 2011 as a  completely new service offered by the government, and USCIS wanted to make sure that it delivered on our promise of offering U.S. workers employment eligibility information in an accurate and efficient manner. We rolled out Self Check in select states to gain experience in operating the program and ensure that it is accomplished its mission. We are excited to offer the service nationwide in 2012 and welcome your feedback!

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Self Check was initially developed in response to a request by Congress to create a service that U.S. workers could use to check their own employment eligibility status completely separate from the employer focused E-Verify process.

Self Check is the first online service offered directly to the U.S. workforce by the E-Verify Program.

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An agency may not conduct or sponsor an information collection and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The public reporting burden for this collection is estimated at 5 minutes per response to complete an identity authentication check, 5 minutes per response to complete a Self Check query, and 1 hour and 11 minutes per response when further action is pursued. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this information collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Regulatory Products Division
Office of the Executive Secretariat
20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20529-2020
OMB No. 1615-0117

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The Self Check process has four steps and three of them will require some information from you, the user.

Image of self check process

Step 1 requires identifying information such as your name, date of birth, and address.

Step 2 requires you to answer demographic and/or financial questions. These questions could include information about past addresses, banks where you do businesses, or other information. They are being asked to confirm your identity before we let you continue with the Self Check process. The government will have no knowledge of which questions are presented or how those questions are answered.

Step 3 requires information that will prove your eligibility to work in the United States. This will include your Social Security number and, based on your citizenship status and documentation, information such as your Alien Registration Number, document number, or I-94 Number.

Step 4 does not require you to provide any personal information.

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E-Verify is an internet-based program that employers can use to verify the employment eligibility of their employees after an offer of employment has been accepted.

Self Check is designed to provide U.S. workers with the results of an E-Verify check before beginning a new job. It gives you insight into the employment eligibility process and confidence that the results given to your employer will be accurate.

For more information, a link to the E-Verify website can be found to the right.

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02/09/2012

No. You can only use Self Check  to verify your own employment eligibility. The Self Check service includes an identity assurance feature – a quiz you must pass to establish your identity – that is designed to prevent users from verifying the eligibility of others.

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02/09/2012

While Self Check is the first service that the E-Verify Program is offering directly to U.S. workers, we hope to add more in the future. Several features are planned that will make Self Check easier to use and more valuable to you by increasing transparency and giving you greater control over your government records.

 

 

 

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