While the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) remains operating during the government shutdown, E-Verify services are not available. This means that companies cannot enroll in E-Verify, and those already enrolled cannot verify employment eligibility, make changes to an account, or run reports. The USCIS has provided limited guidance on their site.
Employers enrolled in E-Verify must continue to complete Form I-9 for new hires during the shutdown, even though the three-day rule for verifying employment eligibility online is suspended. When the shutdown is over, employers will be able to verify the employment eligibility of those hired during the shutdown.