By Bruce Buchanan, Siskind Susser

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the launch of a new web site designed for employees, called myE-Verify. The site is described as a “one-stop shop” for employees to open and manage a personal account giving them access to employment-related identity protection services.

myE-Verify is being rolled-out to individuals in five states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, and Virginia - and the District of Columbia. Besides residing in one of these locations, the user must also complete a Self Check with a result of "Work Authorization Confirmed."

If the user is unable to complete Self Check, they cannot set up a myE-Verify account at this time.

is meant to be a free and secure way for workers to participate in the E-Verify process by accessing features dedicated for employees. It is currently equipped with these three services:

1. myE-Verify accounts - a free personal account to manage use of one’s information in E-Verify and Self Check;

2. Self Lock - allows individuals to place a “lock” on their social security number (SSN) to help prevent unauthorized or fraudulent use of their SSN by another person to illegally obtain employment authorization within E-Verify. If their SSN is used, it will result in a Self Lock mismatch. Self Lock will remain active for 1 year and individuals can unlock their SSN any time a new employer needs to verify their employment eligibility in E-Verify; and

3. myResources - a multimedia library for employees with these components: Employee Rights Toolkit , Your Rights with myE-Verify, Your Employer’s Responsibilities , and Privacy is Our Commitment .

According to USCIS, the following features are planned for release at a later date:
-Document Expiration Reminders, to set up alerts when a document (like a passport or driver’s license) is about to expire.
-Case Tracker, to allow a user to track the status of their E-Verify or Self Check and know if any action is required.
-Case History, to allow a user to monitor where and when their information has been used in the E-Verify system.