People browse the Internet, check their email and shop using their mobile devices. Soon employers will be able to open E-Verify cases using their smartphones or tablets.
Mobile devices have taken the place of desktops and laptops as people's go-to source for connecting to the world around them. Powerful smartphones and tablets offer them everything a computer does, but in a portable package. This makes all sorts of tasks easier. Many companies and organizations have developed apps that people can access with their mobile devices, and now U.S. Customs and Immigration Services is doing the same.
Right now, the app is in a testing phase. Select employers will open E-Verify cases on their mobile devices to determine whether the system's privacy features are adequate when used on smartphones and tablets. The background verification tool uses private information to determine new hires' work authorization. Ensuring that Social Security numbers and other entries are safe is essential to a wider release of the E-Verify app.
"This isn't the first time USCIS tried to tackle mobile optimization."
Previous mobile app did not adapt to screens
This isn't the first time USCIS tried to tackle mobile optimization. In 2012 the agency attempted to develop a version of E-Verify that could be used on mobile devices. However, it did not function as well as users and USCIS hoped it would. It was not exactly optimized. The prior mobile version of E-Verify did not reformat to fit users' screens and, as a result, basic tasks were made quite difficult. As a result, this iteration of mobile E-Verify was sparingly used. The more recent mobile optimized background verification system is expected to function better on all sorts of mobile devices than its predecessor.
In 2014 the Senate Appropriations Committee directed USCIS to develop a better E-Verify mobile app. The new version of the app is designed for Apple's iOS operating system. Users will be able to download it for free from the Apple Store. When they have installed the app on their mobile devices, they will be able to log in using the same information they do with their desktop E-Verify programs. Employers who haven't signed up for the background verification program will be required to set up their accounts on a desktop before using the mobile version of E-Verify.
The E-Verify app should make it easier for employers to run background checks on new hires.
Mobile version of E-Verify to make background checks easier
Users will be able to use their device's camera to capture pertinent information about the new hire, such as name, birth date, hiring date, Social Security number, citizenship status and more. Features such as information-capturing technology will allow employers to use the mobile version of E-Verify the same way they've always used their desktop programs.
With E-Verify now available on mobile devices, more employers could be convinced to begin using the background verification program, which isn't required by the federal government, though it is mandated by some states. Should the testing phase go well, users may find it much easier to run background checks on new hires using the mobile version of the program, potentially making the prospect of taking advantage of it more appealing.