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Citizenship and Immigration Status Article


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And a peek into the US Citizenship & Immigration Services

On March 1, 2003, service and benefit functions of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) transitioned into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS).  The USCIS which can be found online at:  www.uscis.gov outlines their E-Verify system which is free to employers and lets them know the employment eligibility of new applicants/employees. However, it appears that they do not allow you to use the system until after you hire the applicant.  If you have questions about E-Verify then you can reach them in Washington DC at: 202-272-8720 (E-Verify is part of the SAVE Program).  The E-Verify search tells you if someone is eligible to work in the US by giving their current immigration status.  This check should be used by employers as a tool to sift out ineligible employment prospects.  CriminalBackgroundRecords.com and its parent company Information Enterprises, Inc. like this program because it is an extra tool for employers that helps to eliminate social security number mismatches, improves the accuracy of wage and tax reporting, protects jobs for authorized U.S. workers, and helps U.S. employers maintain a legal workforce. 

Currently CriminalBackgroundRecords.com offers an SSN Validation & Address History Trace product that is separate from our criminal background checks.  Although this search will not tell you if an individual is legally authorized to work in the USA or what their current status is with the Immigration Office (USCIS), it is still very valuable.  This check can be performed very quickly and will verify when the social security number was issued, where it was issued, to whom it was issued to and will show names and addresses associated with it.  This SSN Search is now commonly used in conjunction with either a statewide criminal background check or national background check.  Our criminal background checks do sometimes return social security numbers within the records themselves for validation.  However, this does not happen every time as criminal court records have historically been archived by date of birth and not social security numbers.  Still, neither our national criminal background check nor SSN Search will tell you if someone is a US Citizen or what their current Immigration Status is.  Having a social security number does not prove that you are a US Citizen, nor does it act as a singular qualifier proving your eligibility to work in the USA.  You would have to contact the USCIS (formerly the INS) directly for confirmation.  The only other option available is to physically get a copy of the individual’s birth certificate or certificate of naturalization showing that either by birth or legal process this person has become a US Citizen. 

CriminalBackgroundRecords.com offers the following FREE searches with all its criminal background checks:
We include a Most Wanted Background Check with each Criminal Search.  This pulls information from the following sources:  Top Ten FBI Most Wanted, FBI Most Wanted Fugitives, US Marshals Most Wanted, US Secret Service Most Wanted, Americas Most Wanted and other state departments of public safety.

We also include a Full Terrorist Background Check with each criminal background search.  We check the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list maintained by the Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") of the U.S. Department of the Treasury with every criminal search.

In addition to the two free searches above, we also include a National Sex Offender Registry Check (including all 50 states) with each background search.  Each state in the nation has a sex offender registry which maintains a database of sex offenders.  The information stored varies from state to state, but in general most state sex offender background reports include high-risk offenders and persons who have been convicted of, found guilty of or plead guilty to committing or attempting to commit sexual offenses.  Many of these records include mug shots & photos when a match is found.

Here is a more detailed breakdown of what is covered in our Sex Offender Search

High-Risk Sex Offenders – Individuals with real recidivism concerns from all 50 US States.

Sexual Predators – Sexually violent offenders & persons obtaining or seeking non-consensual sexual contact with another person and/or has committed sex crimes, such as rape or child sexual abuse.

Department of Corrections - Convicted sex offenders who were under the supervision of the DOC.

Crimes Against Children - Kidnapping, felonious restraint and/or child abuse, including people convicted of, found guilty of or plead guilty to committing or attempting to commit sexual offenses and other crimes against children.

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