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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

E-Verify and Social Security Number Lockout

By Elizabeth A. Coonan
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced yesterday that the Federal E-Verify* program has been enhanced to deter fraud by capturing and locking out fraudulently used Social Security numbers.

The new lockout feature prevents potential fraudulent use of SSNs to gain work authorization during the I-9 process. In accordance with normal E-Verify process, an employer will enter an employee’s information into the E-Verify system. If the SSN offered is one that has been locked, E-Verify will issue a Tentative Nonconfirmation (TNC).  The employee receiving the TNC will then need to contact their local Social Security Administration field office to resolve the issue.  The SSN lockout enhancement provides additional protection to employers…but will it end up causing more headaches? Only time will tell.

*E-Verify is a free, voluntary web-based service provided by the Department of Homeland Security that permits employers to verify the employment eligibility of new employees. The use of E-Verify is mandatory for many federal contractors and in several states. E-Verify is not mandatory in Iowa.

If you have any questions about immigration compliance, please contact your BrownWinick Employment Attorney.

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