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Expansion of Self Check can make getting a job easier

Before foreign citizens can get a job to send money to their native country, they have to go through a variety of steps in order to prove that their eligible to work in the U.S. And according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, that process may just gotten a bit easier.

USCIS recently announced that Self Check, an internet service that enables foreign workers to confirm their employment eligibility status, is now available throughout the country, including Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the other territories.

Started in March of last year, Self Check was expected to become more available within a year of its launch. Alejandro Mayorkas, director of the USCIS, says the recent announcement makes that a reality.

"We are pleased to complete, ahead of schedule, our expansion of this important tool for employees," said Mayorkas. "Since our initial launch in March, approximately 67,000 people have used Self Check and we anticipate that participation will dramatically increase with service now available to individuals across the country."

In the spring of last year, the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration made the employment eligibility status tool available on a limited basis. Now that it has been expanded, Self Check will enable all foreign workers to enter information that employers use for E-Verify. And because it has Spanish and English translations, the process should be even easier to complete, USCIS notes.

Perhaps the best part of the Self Check service is that it's free and can be used by anyone who is over the age of 16. It's also ideal because it eliminates the intermediaries foreign workers used to have to go through to determine their work eligibility status, which often took a long time. And because individuals have their own access to this information, Self Check provides them with the knowledge they need to have problems corrected should there be any issues with their status

If recent immigrants are eager to get to work so they can send money home to their families and loved ones, USCIS offers a step-by-step process about how to get started.

Helpful links:

How to use Self Check

Start Self Check

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