Immigration and Naturalization Service:

Employment Verification Pilot Project

GGD-97-136R: Published: Jul 17, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 1997.

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GAO reviewed an Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) demonstration project to help employers verify work eligibility for newly hired noncitizen workers.

GAO noted that: (1) under the Employment Verification Pilot project, in response to nearly 45,000 queries over about a 16-month period, the INS electronically verified 80 percent of self-certified noncitizen new hires as authorized to work; (2) the remaining 20 percent did not receive electronic verification either because the INS could find no information on the noncitizens or the INS determined that documentation presented by noncitizens was counterfeit, had expired, or indicated that employment was not authorized; and (3) of those noncitizens who did not receive electronic verification, only 3 percent contacted the INS to resolve their status.

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