5 Need to Knows About E-Verify and the Government Shutdown

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As a result of the government shutdown, users will be unable to access their E-Verify account. During the shutdown, users will be unable to:

  • Enroll any company in E-Verify
  • Verify employment eligibility
  • View or take action on any case
  • Edit your company information
  • Run reports
  • Among others.

In addition, employees will be unable to resolve Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNC) or access E-Verify Self Check.

In the interim, E-Verify has updated its policies to help minimize the burden on employers and employees.

Here are five important updates that employers should be aware of.

  1. The ‘three-day rule’ for E-Verify cases is suspended for cases affected by the shutdown. Additional guidance will be provided once the government is re-opened.
  2. The time period during which employees may resolve TNCs will be extended by not counting days the government was shutdown. Additional guidance will be provided once the government is re-opened.
  3. Employers may not take any adverse action against an employee because of an E-Verify interim case status, including while the employee’s case is in an extended interim case status due to a federal government shutdown
  4. The government shutdown does not impact an employer’s I-9 responsibilities. Employers should continue to process Form I-9 as required by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  5. Contractors complying with the federal contractor rule will need to contact their contracting officer to inquire about extending deadlines.

For more detailed information regarding the impact of the government shutdown on E-Verify and resulting policy changes, read the following statement from USCIS: E-Verify is currently unavailable due to a government shutdown

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