President Bush signed legislation last month that expands to all 50 states a program that allows employers to go online to verify new hires' Social Security numbers or alien ID numbers for I-9 purposes. (See 12/15/03 issue.) The voluntary program goes nationwide Dec. 1, 2004. But this pilot program became available to employers in California, Florida, Illinois, Nebraska, New York and Texas several years ago. When we wrote about the program expansion last month, several subscribers from those six states contacted us asking how to sign up. The answer: For details on the Basic Pilot
program, call the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at (888) 464-4218, or visit www.uscis.gov/graphics/services/save.htm#two.