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Employers in the United States are required to check if a potential new employee is eligible to work in the country. Since last year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has provided a free, online way for employees to check their work eligibility first. The E-Verify Self Check is an application in English and Spanish that determines employment eligibility with a few pieces of personal information and a short quiz. The information is checked against the same databases that E-Verify employers use, and if everything matches up, the user is informed that he or she is eligible to work. If the user finds that he or she cannot confirm his or her information in Self Check, the application provides potential reasons why (a recent move, potential fraud, lack of a financial record) and instructions on correcting errors. Alejandro Mayorkas, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services told The Washington Times that over 100,000 people have already used the program since it launched last year. The American Council of Technology's Industry Advisory Council recently recognized Self Check for "excellence in enhancing the consumer experience."