- USCIS Responds to Ombudsman's E-Verify Recommendations
- May 7, 2009
- Law Firm: Seyfarth Shaw LLP - Office
USCIS recently responded to the recommendations made by its Ombudsman in the Ombudsman’s report on the E-Verify experience in Arizona. In the response, USCIS agrees with most of the recommendations for improvement and states that it has taken steps toward improving in the following ways:
- USCIS is working to simplify the language used in all E-Verify instructions and supporting documentation;
- USCIS has made certain registration and operational documents publicly available on-line for review by prospective E-Verify end-users and employees. It will work to make additional documentation available to the public, including portions of the E-Verify training program;
- USCIS has worked to ensure that its education and outreach efforts reach small business communities; and
- USCIS is working to develop and add a tickler/calendar system into E-Verify capable of issuing timely system prompts to employers to advise them of their next appropriate course of action for each specific open and unresolved tentative non-confirmations (TNCs).
The Ombudsman report also recommended that DHS announce as a stated goal an intention to replace the current Form I-9 process with E-Verify. USCIS responded to this recommendation, indicating that this would require a statutory change. USCIS indicated, however, that it is working to develop an electronic version of the Form I-9 that would eliminate the need to key I-9 information into the E-Verify system; the USCIS electronic I-9 would interface with the E-Verify system, allowing employers to submit a new hire’s information as an E-Verify query with the click of a button.