E-Verify is back up and running after being down for more than a month because of the government shutdown. The partial shutdown ended over the weekend.
The Department of Homeland Security announced that E-Verify had resumed operations on its website Monday. Even though representatives were unavailable during the lapse in government appropriations, employers were still required to complete and retain Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for every person hired for employment in the United States during that time.
Now that E-Verify operations have resumed, employers who participate in E-Verify must create an E-Verify case by Feb. 11 for each employee hired while E-Verify was not available. Employers must use the hire date from the employee’s Form I-9 when creating the E-Verify case. If the case creation date is more than three days following the date the employee began working for pay, select “Other” from the drop-down list and enter “E-Verify Not Available” as the specific reason.
For more information, refer to the E-Verify website.