E-Verify, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States, has resumed operations following the temporary re-opening of the government. All E-Verify features and services are now available. Employers who participate in E-Verify must create an E-Verify case by February 11, 2019 for each employee hired while E-Verify was unavailable.
Although E-Verify Form I-9 support representatives were unavailable during the government shutdown and E-Verify service was disrupted, employers were still required to complete and retain Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for every person hired for employment in the U.S. during that time, as long as the person works for wages or other remuneration.
Due to the large volume of accumulated cases, delayed processing times are expected. Longer than normal delays and response times for E-Verify Support requests are also expected.