Delegate Gregorio Kilili Sablan (Ind-MP) said a “glitch” was corrected last week that prevented CNMI users from using a free online service that allows workers to check their own employment eligibility status, some eight months since U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service announced in February 2012 that E-Verify Self Check was already available in all 50 states and territories including the CNMI.
Sablan said making sure the CNMI is recognized as a part of the United States is an ongoing challenge.
He said last week, USCIS “reported that it had corrected a glitch in its E-Verify Self Check website that prevented users in the NMI from using the service.”
“USCIS had previously announced the system worked in all U.S. states and territories, but this turned out to be false. Your congressional office alerted USCIS to the issue and worked with them for several months to resolve it,” Sablan said.
Self Check provides individuals a tool to check their own employment eligibility status, as well as guidance on how to correct their Homeland Security and Social Security records.
The verification process is tied to an individual's credit information, so users with multiple residences should enter the address to which their credit history is primarily tied.
“We have been advised that individuals who recently moved to the U.S. from a foreign country or who have limited or no credit histories may still encounter difficulty. Please report any problem with any federal government agency system that fails to recognize the Northern Mariana Islands to your congressional office,” added Sablan, who is seeking a third term in Congress.
For more information on Self Check, visit www.uscis.gov/selfcheck. For more information on USCIS and its programs, visit www.uscis.gov.