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E-Verify Unavailable During Government Shutdown

BY: APA Staff | 01/03/19

Due to a lapse in government funding, E-Verify and E-Verify services are not available [E-Verify website, 12-22-18]. During this time, employers cannot access their E-Verify accounts to enroll in E-Verify; create E-verify cases; view or take action on cases; reset passwords; terminate accounts; or run reports.

Policies During the Shutdown

While E-Verify is unavailable, employees will not be able to resolve any tentative nonconfirmations (TNCs). U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) suspended the “three-day rule” for creating E-Verify cases and extended the time period during which employees may resolve TNCs. The number of days E-Verify is not available will not count toward the days employees have to begin the process of resolving their TNCs.

When operations resume, USCIS will issue additional guidance. In the meantime, employers may not take adverse action against an employee whose E-Verify case is in an interim status.

Form I-9 Requirements Still in Effect

The lapse in government appropriations does not affect Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, requirements. Employers must still complete Form I-9 no later than the third business day after an employee starts work for pay and comply with all other Form I-9 requirements.

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