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USGNN Original StoryImprovements to E-Verify Program Aimed At Decreasing Mismatch Rates for Naturalized Citizens

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced improvements to its E-Verify employment authorization program that will further reduce the mismatch rate, while also streamlining and increasing the effectiveness of the overall program.

The E-Verify program, a web-based system allowing participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of newly hired employees, consists of more than 64,000 employers, with approximately 1,000 new enrollments weekly.

The USCIS states that less than one percent of all work-authorized employees receive a tentative non-confirmation through E-Verify. The goal of the USCIS is for every employee who is authorized to work in the United States to be instantly authorized by the program.

The E-Verify system will now include naturalization data, which will help instantly confirm the citizenship status of naturalized U.S. citizens hired by E-Verify employers.

The largest category of work-authorized persons who initially face a mismatch in E-Verify are naturalized citizens who have not yet updated their records with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Naturalized citizens who received a citizenship mismatch with SSA can call USCIS directly to resolve the issue or may resolve the mismatch in person at any SSA office.

Moreover, the E-Verify program will now include real-time arrival data from the Integrated Border Inspection System, which will help reduce the number of immigration status-related mismatches for newly arriving workers who have entered the country legally.

USCIS also plans to initiate citizenship status records information-sharing with SSA to further help prevent tentative non-confirmations, improving the efficiency of E-Verify by providing the SSA with the most accurate and timely citizenship status information.

The program also plans to check against Department of State passport records to further reduce mismatches.

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