Please be advised E-Verify may not be available in the event of a government shutdown, which could occur at the end of this week if a funding bill is not passed by Congress.
In the event of a government shutdown, employers are reminded that they must continue to completed Form I-9's in compliance with the law and plan on creating cases in the E-Verify system when the service resumes. Employees would still be required to complete Section 1 of the Form I-9 on or before the first day of employment, and employers would still need to complete Section 2 of the Form I-9 no later than third business day after an employee begins working for pay.
During a prior shutdown, USCIS issued guidance suspending the "three day rule" for any case affected by the shutdown. Historically, employees caught in the Tentative-Non-Confirmations (TNC) process were also provided with an extended time period to resolve the TNC.
Our partner, Form I-9 Compliance, is prepared to queue up cases for all eligible employees with a completed eForm I-9 who have not been submitted to E-Verify and then auto process them when E-Verify is back up.
We will provide more information as necessary.