With the federal government in shutdown mode, the I-9 verification service known as E-Verify will not be operational. Users of this service will be unable to:
- Enroll new companies in the E-Verify system
- Verify a person’s eligibility for employment
- View cases
- Take action on any case
- Update company information
- Process any reports
Also, Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNC) cannot be resolved by employees and the Self Check service will not be accessible.To help soften the burden on companies and their employees during this time, E-Verify has updated its policies.
Please find below five key updates that E-Verify users should know about:
The 3-Day rule for E-Verify cases has been suspended for any cases being affected by the shutdown. Once the government shutdown ends, more guidance will be provided.
The time period during for employees to resolve TNCs will be extended by excluding days the government was shutdown. Once the government is operational again, more guidance will be provided.
Employers cannot take any adverse action against an employee because of an E-Verify interim case status. This includes while the employee’s case is in an extended interim case status as a result of the government shutdown.
An employer must still comply with I-9 responsibilities, as required by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Participating contractors should contact their contracting officer to inquire about extending deadlines.
For more information regarding E-Verify and resulting policy changes during the government shutdown, click this link: E-Verify and the government shutdown.