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In March 2011, the Department of Homeland Security launched the E-Verify Self Check Program, a secure web portal that allows an individual to verify his or her work authorization status. When unveiled, the program’s availability was limited to a handful of states. However, as of August 15, 2011, Self Check is available in 21 states, including the nation’s three most populated: California, Texas, and New York. Additionally, Self Check is now available in Spanish.
Self Check, which is a free service, allows individuals to compare their information to the same databases that E-Verify accesses, giving them the chance to address any existing data mismatches before they are hired by an employer that participates in E-Verify. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will continue to evaluate and improve Self Check, which it intends to expand nationwide by spring 2012.