USCIS Wants Your Feedback on E-Verify- More Ways than One

USCIS has issued a 60-Day Comment Period in the Federal Register as it plans to revise the way the agency currently collects information for the E-Verify Program. For employers who are already enrolled in the E-Verify program, you’ll notice that there are many components to the program but here’s what USCIS estimates the average time burdens will be:

2 Hours 16 Minutes: Reviewing and signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU); Registering for the actual program online; Training new users; and Reviewing the User Guide.

1 Hour: Training existing users on new features and system updates.

8 Minutes: Submitting E-Verify cases.

Smaller organizations who access E-Verify online as a “Direct User” may find the above estimates accurate but I’m curious to hear from readers who have much larger organizations (say thousands of employees at multiple worksite locations). Do you think 2.26 hours is an accurate estimate? Would you say more? Less? What additional duties do you have that are related to initiating and managing E-Verify cases that were not mentioned in the Request? How about managing and/or resolving employee issues that arise out of TNCs or FNCs? What about having to review the Self-Assessment Guides recently issued by USCIS to evaluate how your organization is complying with the E-Verify system use? Now is your opportunity to submit comments to the USCIS. The Request for Comments is your chance to voice opinions on what type of burdens your organization faces when it comes to the E-Verify program.

HOW TO COMMENT

There are three ways to leave your comments. When doing so, please be sure to include your name and your organization’s name along with the requisite id numbers indicated below, depending on the method for commenting.

  • Via Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/. Please be sure to indicate the e-Docket ID number “USCIS-2007-0023” in your comments.
  • Via Email to uscisfrcomment@dhs.gov. Please be sure to indicate in your email subject line “OMB Control Number 1615-0092.”
  • Via Mail at the address below. Please be sure to indicate “OMB Control No. 1615-0092 or e-Docket ID USCIS-2007-0023”
DHS, USCIS, Office of Policy and Strategy
Laura Dawkins, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division
20 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington DC 20529
 

 The deadline to submit comments is November 13, 2012.

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E-VERIFY LISTENS IS NOW LIVE

In its strong public relations effort, USCIS is putting big money behind the E-Verify Program by releasing E-Verify Listens on July 24, 2012. The site is mainly an avenue for E-Verify enrolled employers who are Direct Users of the system to submit comments, concerns and feedback directly to the government. (Direct Users are employers who log into the E-Verify system directly on the internet as opposed to Web Services Users, who utilize software that integrates with the E-Verify system.) I can’t help but think that utilizing a smart I-9 and E-Verify system would alleviate many of the concerns raised E-Verify Listens. Nevertheless, USCIS recently followed up with a Beacon Blog posting on Monday, September 10th, reminding users about the E-Verify Listens and its availability for comment. I suspect that there have not been many users who have taken note of this avenue to comment. So, dear readers, here is your opportunity to communicate directly with USCIS on how it can improve the system. If you do receive a response from USCIS, please send us a message. We’d love to write about it!

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