by Patricia Schaeffer, Vice President-Regulatory Affairs

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced changes to the E-Verify employment authorization program intended to reduce the mismatch rate. Starting May 5, the E-Verify system will include naturalization data that USCIS says will instantly confirm the citizenship status of naturalized U.S. citizens hired by E-Verify employers. E-Verify now will also include real time arrival data from the Integrated Border Inspection System, which USCIS believes will reduce the number of immigration status related mismatches for newly arriving workers who have entered the U.S. legally. USCIS also plans to initiate citizenship status records information sharing with the Social Security Administration to help prevent tentative nonconfirmations from occurring.

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