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Government Shutdown Takes E-Verify Down

January 8th, 2019

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Employers bringing on new workers must still be completing the required I-9 employment verification forms, even though the partial government shutdown has taken down the E-Verify system.

E-Verify is the online system run by the Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) that compares employee I-9 information to Social Security and Homeland Security records to confirm employment eligibility. Government rules require employers to complete an I-9 for each employee not later than the third day after they begin working. Employers complete one part of the form; the new employee completes a second and must provide proof of identity and work eligibility.

For employers who use the E-Verify system, it provides a simple and quick way to verify the accuracy of the new hire's work eligibility. Should some of the worker's information not be consistent or found in the government's records, a Tentative Nonconfirmation must be resolved.

Because of the E-Verify shutdown, the USCIS is temporarily waiving the three-day rule for submitting I-9 information online. In addition, the time period for workers in a tentative nonconfirmation situation to resolve it has been suspended.

The government has posted a message on the E-Verify website announcing the extensions and advising what services and functions have been cancelled or suspended.

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