For the first time in 17 years, the U.S. government has today begun to shut down, and due to the shutdown, E-Verify is currently unavailable.
E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows U.S. employers to check their employee’s work authorizations.
Because the House and Senate couldn’t agree on a bill to fund the government, the government is shutting down. This has caused thousands of government workers to clean off their desks and make arrangements to stay out of their offices indefinitely. Many areas of immigration are to be affected. Border Patrol officers, for example, have been told that they may not be paid during the shutdown.
With E-Verify being unavailable, it means that employers will not have access to an account and will consequently not be able to:
- Enroll their company in E-Verify
- Verify employee work authorizations
- View their cases
- Take action on cases
- Run Reports
E-Verify customer support will also be unavailable, which means that employees will not be able to resolve any E-Verify issues that have been pending or check their own work authorizations.
E-Verify and Government Shutdown: What to Do
USCIS has announced a few guidelines for employers and employees to follow during the government shutdown:
- Employers are still required to complete Form I-9 no later than three days after a new employee begins working for a company.
- Employers must not take adverse action against employees due to their case status being on hold.
- Employees with issues with E-Verify will have a longer time to resolve those issues. The time during which the government remains shutdown will not count against employees.