On November 18, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) announced a new E-Verify safeguard that enables USCIS to “lock” a Social Security number that appears to have been misused, protecting it from further misuse in the E-Verify process.

If an employee attempts to use a locked Social Security number, E-Verify will generate a “tentative non-confirmation” status. The employee will then have the opportunity to contest the result at a local Social Security Administration (‘SSA”) field office. If an SSA officer confirms that the employee’s identity matches the number, the non-confirmation will be converted to “employment authorized’” status.