Another victim of the latest government shutdown is E-Verify – the online system employers use to check immigration statuses of new hires. The system has been put on hold and employers will not be able to run new hires in E-Verify as long as the shutdown continues.
Should Employers Enrolled in E-Verify Stop Hiring?
According to the U.S. Immigration Services, definitely not!
The following has been posted on the U.S. Immigration Services’ website:
- The ‘three-day rule’ for E-Verify cases is suspended for cases affected by the shutdown. We’ll provide additional guidance once we reopen. 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. We 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).
Read the entire notice posted by the U.S. Immigration Services.
EBI customers who have any questions about how the shutdown will affect their screening program can call our customer care team at 800.324.7700 x506.
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