USCIS has announced a voluntary service that allows members of the public to verify their employment eligibility in the United States. E-Verify Self Check may be useful to anyone who wishes to confirm that the government’s records about them are accurate, and to address any mismatches among Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration databases. Once employment eligibility is confirmed in E-Verify Self Check, job seekers are unlikely to experience any delays when hired by an employer that uses the E-Verify system.

Before the verification process is completed, individuals must answer a series of questions by a third party identity verification service. These questions are similar to those one would encounter when requesting a credit report, i.e., names of prior employers, prior addresses, amounts of car or mortgage payments, etc. USCIS states that none of the personal information from this “quiz” is stored in its records.

At this time, the service is only available to residents of Arizona, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Idaho, Mississippi and Virginia. Once the initial trial period is completed, the service will be available to residents of additional states.