It was announced that as a result of the government shutdown, E-Verify is unavailable. The US Department of Homeland Security points out that during this time, the following policies are implemented:
- The ‘three-day rule’ for E-Verify cases is suspended for cases affected by the shutdown. The Department will provide additional guidance once it reopens. This does NOT affect the Form I-9 requirement—employers must still complete the Form I-9 no later than the third business day after an employee starts work for pay.
- The time period during which employees may resolve TNCs will be extended. Days the federal government is closed will not count towards the eight federal government workdays the employee has to go to SSA or contact DHS. The Department will provide additional time once we reopen.
- For federal contractors complying with the federal contractor rule, please contact your contracting officer to inquire about extending deadlines.
- 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 (consult the E-Verify User Manual for more information on interim case statuses).
For more information go to https://e-verify.uscis.gov/emp/vislogin.aspx?JS=YES