The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued an alert that the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system is back online after service was suspended during the federal government shutdown.
E-Verify is now operating normally for new verifications. However, the timing of the shutdown may have caused delays for some employers that submitted E-Verify data in late September. Especially affected were E-Verify tentative nonconfirmations (TNCs), which occur when an employee’s identifying documents do not match government records.
According to the USCIS, if an employee had a TNC referred between Sept. 17 and Sept. 30 and couldn’t resolve the discrepancy due to the government shutdown, you should add 12 business days to the date printed on the “Referral Letter” or “Referral Date Confirmation.” Employees have until the new date to ask the Social Security Administration or the Department of Homeland Security to resolve their cases.
If you have an employee who decided to contest a TNC during the shutdown, initiate the referral process in E-Verify. Reminder: Don’t take any adverse action against an employee because of a TNC.