On Monday, November 18, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced a safety enhancement to the E-Verify program that will help combat identity fraud by identifying and deterring fraudulent use of Social Security numbers (SSNs) for employment eligibility verification. The new E-Verify safeguard enables USCIS to “lock” an apparently stolen, borrowed, purchased, or otherwise misused SSN and prevent further abuse of the compromised number in E-Verify records.
“We are committed to strengthening E-Verify’s ability to combat identity fraud,” said Director Mayorkas. “This new enhancement provides yet another significant safeguard for E-Verify users and could assist employees who have had their Social Security numbers stolen or compromised.”
People attempting to use a locked SSN for employment authorization will receive a Tentative Nonconfirmation (TNC) when their employers run the SSN through E-Verify.
A Tentative Nonconfirmation status on an employee means that his/her information was compared to government records, but could not be verified. However, this does not mean that the employee is not authorized to work, or that the information provided was incorrect.