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24 June 2013

E-Verify: Advice for Grads Hitting the Job Market

It's graduation season; Congratulations are in order!

As you venture into the job market, it’s important to know that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has tools you can access that help keep the employment eligibility verification process a smooth one.

These tools include:

Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9: The law requires all employers to use Form I-9 to verify the identity and employment eligibility of everyone they hire. When you get your new job, you will be asked to complete Section 1 of this form.

Visit I-9 Central to get familiar with the new version of the form and its instructions.

E-Verify Self Check: Take advantage of Self-Check, a free Web-based service everyone over the age of 16 can use to confirm their employment eligibility.

Since it accesses the same databases E-Verify checks, you can find out if there is a mismatch, and learn how to fix it if necessary before you start your new job.

Employee Rights Toolkit: We created our Employee Rights Toolkit to provide you with great information—in multimedia and text formats—about your rights in the E-Verify process.

The toolkit has lots of other useful information, including overviews on Self Check and our multilingual engagements.

E-Verify Employers Search Tool: More than 450,000 employers are enrolled to use E-Verify. Find out if your potential employer is one of them through our E-Verify Employers Search Tool.

This tool can benefit all job seekers, especially foreign students participating in Optional Practical Training (OPT) in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM), as they MUST be hired by employers that use E-Verify.

USCIS wishes successful job hunting to the Class of 2013!



At June 10, 2014 at 8:53:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking for some clarification here. Say someone never took their opt option for undergrad or their master’s degree and then re enrolled in a 2nd undergrad degree right after they graduated with their masters. Then after 1 semester of full time undergrad studies decided that they want to apply for opt (STEM)...even though it has been 6 months since they graduated with a masters but never stopped taking fulltime classes could they still apply for it?

At July 8, 2014 at 6:12:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You only get 1 year OPT per every F-1 status. It does not accumulate or transfer, so any OPT time that was not used is lost with the expiration of an F-1 status. Also, you only get 1 OPT per education level, so if you have 2 bachelor degrees you only get 1 OPT - so if they had used OPT for the first bachelors, then they wouldn't have any OPT- even if they were enrolled in a masters. But since they did not use their OPT in their first undergrad and they are currently enrolled in another undergrad program and have F-1 status, then they might be eligible for OPT. Make sure this person checks with their university's international services dept to check that they never used any pre-completion OPT, etc.


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