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USCIS Updates E-Verify

On April 23, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched a new modernized version of E-Verify, the web-based program that allow employers to check an employee’s work authorization.  According to USCIS, the improvements to the system will help users enter correct information, increase the speed and accuracy of the employment eligibility verification process, decrease Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs), and reduce manual verifications.

They specify that the improvements include:

  • Text and visual features to help users accurately enter information into E-Verify;
  • Real-time feedback to help users quickly correct data entry errors;
  • Auto-scrolling to move to the next section on the page;
  • Fewer steps to create or close a case;
  • The ability to upload pictures of documents from a smartphone or tablet;
  • Alerts when data is entered that may lead to a TNC;
  • Updating language to use the same terms as the Form I-9;
  • Improved data matching to reduce TNCs and manual verifications; and
  • Enhancements to USCIS security and employer accountability features.

These system changes accompany a new E-Verify website that was rolled out earlier in April. The latest version of E-Verify can be found at A new user manual and job aids are also available for the new system.