An individual’s work authorization, or employment eligibility, refers to his or her legal right to work in the United States. U.S. citizens, born or naturalized, are always authorized to work in the United States, while foreign citizens may be authorized if they have an immigration status that allows them to work.
No one can require you to use Self Check to guarantee that you are authorized to work. For example, it is unlawful for a potential employer to require proof of your Self Check results before offering you a job.
If an employer asks you to run a Self Check query to prove that you are authorized to work in the United States, you should notify the Department of Justice, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) at (800) 255-7688.
For more information, refer to the Know Your Rights page from the link in the left navigation bar.
No. You must pass the quiz in order to create a secure myE-Verify account.
You initially get two chances to pass the quiz. If you fail the quiz the first time, the second quiz is immediately available. If you fail the second quiz, you’ll have to wait 3 days before you can log back in to myE‑Verify with the username and password you created to have another two chances to pass the quiz.
No. You can only use Self Check to verify your own employment eligibility. The Self Check service includes an identity assurance feature – a quiz you must pass to establish your identity – that is designed to prevent users from verifying the eligibility of others.
The FCRA and its related regulations apply to information from consumer reports by consumer reporting agencies. USCIS is not a consumer reporting agency, and E-Verify information provided to E-Verify employers by USCIS is not consumer information reported under the FCRA. Form I-9 information provided to the employer by the employee is also not part of any consumer report from a consumer reporting agency.
E-Verify is an internet-based program that employers can use to verify the employment eligibility of their employees after an offer of employment has been accepted.
Self Check is designed to provide U.S. workers with the results of an E-Verify check before beginning a new job. It gives you insight into the employment eligibility process and confidence that the results given to your employer will be accurate.
For more information, please visit the E-Verify website.
Self Check may issue a Tentative Nonconfirmation (TNC) result for your case if your name, Social Security number, date of birth, or other information do not match government records.
If your Self Check case receives a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and/or Social Security Administration (SSA) TNC result, you can choose to take action to resolve it.
To avoid a TNC:
- Make sure your documents and records are accurate before you complete a Self Check case;
- Inform SSA if you have changed your name;
- If there is a spelling error or incorrect date of birth on your document, contact the agency that issued the document to correct the error;
- If you have two first names, enter both when you complete Self Check; and
- If your full legal name includes an apostrophe (‘) or hyphen (-), make sure you include it when you complete Self Check.
You must complete four steps to create a myE‑Verify account after you successfully go through the Self Check process:
- Enter personal information and create a username and password.
- Select security questions that will be used to verify your identity if you lose access to your account.
- Verify that you have access to an email address and a telephone number.
- Take a quiz to verify your identity (similar to the quiz you took in Self Check).
E-Verify is used by U.S. businesses to instantly check 455 million Social Security Administration (SSA) and 80 million Department of Homeland Security (DHS) records to determine if a person is eligible to work in the United States.
The Self Check service is being offered by the E-Verify Program and it is using the same system to check SSA and DHS records.
For more information, visit the E-Verify website.