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Minnesota Launches Pilot Online e-Verify Self Check


Employees in Minnesota may now verify their own employment eligibility status through a free, online pilot project by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Self-Check, an internet-based system which allows workers to check their own status, is part of the federal E-Verify program, in which employers may check the employment eligibility status of their workers. 

Self-Check launched in six states in March 2011 – Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, Virginia and the District of Columbia. This week, the program expands to an additional 16 states, including Minnesota. Other states added to the program are California, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington. The program is scheduled to expand nationwide in March 2012. 

Prior to applying for employment, a worker over the age of 16 may enter the same information into Self-Check that employers would enter from an employee’s Form I-9 into E-Verify. The information comes from documents that establish a worker’s identity and employment eligibility in the United States. The worker then may compare his or her information with information in the same databases that E-Verify uses so that the worker may identify and address any existing mismatching information before applying with an employer who uses E-Verify. 

E-Verify is an online employment verification program jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration. E-Verify is a voluntary program unless the employer is a federal contractor or has a contract with a state that requires enrollment in E-Verify. Minnesota recently passed legislation requiring certain service providers with state contracts to enroll in E-Verify. 

Workers may access Self-Check at The program also is available in Spanish. For more information, contact DeAnne Hilgers at (612) 371-2462. 

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