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Our Commitment To Privacy

Self Check is committed to protecting your privacy and civil liberties with the same rigor that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) places on protecting our homeland. Privacy principles and security measures are incorporated into all Self Check processes and procedures and any changes to Self Check incorporate the highest level of privacy protections possible.

Self Check Privacy Statement

Our Privacy Commitment to You

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is committed to maintaining the privacy of your Personally Identifiable Information (PII). That is why the Self Check service requires that you authenticate your identity before we allow you to access the work authorization status information we have about you. 

Privacy Act Statement

AUTHORITY: Section 404of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA).
PURPOSE: USCIS uses the information you supply to quickly confirm your identity and to provide you access to your work authorization status information. 
ROUTINE USES: The information you provide for identity authentication will be shared with a third- party private sector identity proofing service under contract with USCIS for the purpose of authenticating your identity.  The information you supply to perform an E-Verify query and the query result is available to USCIS staff tasked with the operation of the Self Check service and may be shared with the Social Security Administration to facilitate the mismatch resolution process, and for law enforcement purposes as required by IIRIRA to prevent fraud and misuse of the E-Verify System. A complete list of routine uses for this information is available in our System of Records Notices entitled E-Verify Self Check (DHS/USCIS-013) and E-Verify Program (DHS/USCIS-011) available at
DISCLOSURE: Providing this information (including your Social Security Number) is voluntary; however, failure to provide the requested information may prevent you from authenticating your identity and/or accessing your work authorization status information.

Collection, Retention, and Use of Information about You

E-Verify Self Check involves a two-step process:

  1. identity authentication; and
  2. E-Verify query to confirm current work authorization status.

To complete the first part of the process, USCIS uses a third-party private sector Identity Proofing (IdP) service to generate a quiz containing questions that only you should be able to answer.  These questions are generated by the IdP service based on commercial identity verification information (USCIS does not have access to the commercial information), collected by third-party companies from financial institutions, and other service providers.

In order to generate the quiz, the IdP will ask you to provide name, address of residence, date of birth, and optionally, Social Security number (SSN). USCIS does not have access to your quiz questions or the answers you provide. If you pass the quiz and decide to move on in the Self Check process to confirm your work authorization status, the IdP passes your name, date of birth, and SSN (if provided).  To ensure you are the same person who originally passed the quiz, these data elements cannot be altered.   Next, you will be required to enter your SSN, if you did not already provide it for identity authentication, as well as additional information, based on the documentation you would present to an employer for processing in E-Verify.  The information collected from you is dependent on your citizenship status and your document choices but could include: SSN; Citizenship Status; Alien Number; Passport Number; I-94 Number; and /or Permanent Resident or Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Card Number.  This is the same information that is used to determine employment authorization in the E-Verify process.   

The IdP sends USCIS a transaction number, a pass/fail indicator, the date and time of the transaction, and any applicable error code(s) to facilitate troubleshooting and system management and improvement.  We do not retain the PII,  you have provided during the identity authentication process if you are unable to authenticate your identity or if you decide not to complete the next step of the Self Check process, the E-Verify query.

The IdP maintains a logs of access to your information and the type of inquiry (credit check, identity check, etc.) to comply with their legal obligations under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The Self Check inquiry is an identity check that does not affect your credit score and is not shown to third parties who may request copies of credit reports. The IdP also maintains an audit log of all identity verification transactions to conduct system management and to generate customer usage statistics. The audit log includes information submitted by the user (name, address, date of birth, SSN (if provided), the questions asked of the user, whether the user correctly answered the questions, the scores generated during the identity proofing process, and the business rules that were triggered during the transaction.

USCIS maintains a record of your E-Verify query including your name, date of birth, SSN, work authorization documentation information, the query result, and an E-Verify case number.  This is consistent with how E-Verify queries initiated by authorized employers are maintained in E-Verify. 

If you would like to learn more about how Self Check protects your privacy, please review the E-Verify Self Check Privacy Impact Assessment, September 6, 2013 available at

We reserve the right to change this Privacy Statement at any time.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 12/05/2013