E-Verify will now notify you when a case you enter has the same Social Security number as another case entered in the last 30 days. This will allow E-Verify users to catch and correct duplicate cases early in the case creation process. This idea was submitted to E-Verify Listens.  I just received a notice from USCIS on this. To hear more about this new feature and other E-Verify enhancements released today, participate in the Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify for Existing Users Webinar on June 25th at 11 am EST.

This is a follow up from yesterday’s posting, where I just realized to my shock and horror that I misspelled “Enhancements” in the title.

Also, I listened to today’s USCIS E-Verify and Form I-9 Virtual Forum and note this comment from the E-Verify Monitoring & Compliance branch about what types of noncompliance they are looking for regarding users of the E-Verify system:

  • The unintentional misuse of the system, such as a new user who may unintentionally incorrectly use the system;
  • Suspected discriminatory use of the system; and
  • Suspected fraudulent use of the system.

There is in fact an office within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that uses data analytics and algorithms to monitor for compliance of the system by users.  Let’s say you are an employer who uses E-Verify and you always say the reason you did not create a case within E-Verify within the required time period of three business days is due to “technical reasons” — that might be suspect and lead to review. The Monitoring & Compliance team may call you or send you an email, they may conduct a desk top review or a site visit, or worse case scenario, refer the case to Immigration and Customs Enforcements (ICE) or the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC).    Bottom line, if you use E-Verify have policies and procedures in place regarding its use and understand it is an important part of the onboarding process that goes hand in hand with Form I-9 compliance.