The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was established on March 1, 2003 in order to administer immigration and naturalization functions and services. It was originally part of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) that later transition into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These services are important to employers due to the fact that they can only hire workers who are legally authorized to work in the United States. If an employer knowingly hires an unauthorized worker, he or she may be subject to disciplinary action from this particular organization. During the interview process, employers will be able to check a candidate’s employment eligibility status by using a government maintained central database of names. Hiring an unauthorized employee can be an unsafe act if that employee’s eligibility has been denied due to criminal acts.
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