You don't have to be an immigrant to check your employment eligibility status with the federal government's immigration records.
As a matter of fact, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says its a good idea for U.S. citizens to run their information through the government's computers.
USCIS has expanded its "Self Check" program to all 50 states now. It is part of the E-Verify system that lets employers know that their employees have legal status to work in the country.
Self Check allows workers, immigrants and nonimmigrants alike, to check their own status in the system. The government says it does not share the results of the check with law enforcement or the worker's employer.
For American citizens, Self Check is a chance to get a look at their records, including Social Security information, and make sure they're accurate.
"Self Check is useful for anyone in the U.S. workforce over the age of 16 because it provides transparency into your government employment eligibility records," according to USCIS.
"If you are hired by a company that uses the E-Verify program, your employer will run your information through E-Verify. An information mismatch can exist regardless of whether you are a citizen or noncitizen. Use Self Check to gain the peace of mind that your government records are up to date."