Even though Form I-9 support representatives were unavailable during the recent government shutdown, and E-Verify service was disrupted, employers were still required to complete and retain Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.
Now that E-Verify operations have resumed, employers who participate in E-Verify must:
- Create an E-Verify case by February 11, 2019, for each employee hired while E-Verify was not available.
- 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.
Because of the recent interruption of service, E-Verify support expects an increase in requests for assistance. Due to this increase, you may experience longer than normal delays and response times.
- For any questions or additional information about the unavailability of E-Verify, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For questions about Form I-9, please visit I-9 Central or email Iemail@example.com.
- Employers and employees may also contact E-Verify at 888-464-4218 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Eastern).
Source: Michael Hyatt, Director, HR Government Affairs, MRA - The Management Association; Department of Homeland Security, USCIS.gov