E-Verify to Go Dark This Weekend

Users urged to complete and close cases prior to system shutdown

Roy Maurer By Roy Maurer April 19, 2018
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E-Verify to Go Dark This Weekend

The federal government's electronic employment verification system will be unavailable this weekend due to system upgrades.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that E-Verify will be shut down from April 20 at 9 p.m. to April 22 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. E-Verify users are encouraged to complete and close any open cases prior to the system shutdown.

The Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration will not be able to assist employees with case resolution issues during the outage. myE-Verify, the system's resource portal for workers, will also be unavailable.

"During the suspension, employers will not be able to access their E-Verify accounts and employees will be unable to resolve E-Verify tentative nonconfirmations," said Michael H. Neifach, an attorney in the Wahington, D.C., regional office of Jackson Lewis. "The E-Verify outage does not change any Form I-9 requirements," he added. "Form I-9s must be completed no later than three business days after employment."

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To minimize the shutdown's impact, the agency stipulated:

  • The three-day rule for creating E-Verify cases is suspended for cases affected by the outage.
  • Employers may not take adverse action against an employee because the E-Verify case is in interim case status or during the extended interim case status due to the suspension. Federal contractors with E-Verify clauses should contact their contracting officer to inquire about extending contractor deadlines.

USCIS is prepping for a move to an upgraded user interface. Enhanced features are expected to include a streamlined process for creating and managing cases, modernized data-matching to reduce tentative nonconfirmations, and improved data integrity.

"On April 23, we will release a modernized version of E-Verify that will help users enter correct information, increase the speed and accuracy of the employment eligibility verification process, decrease Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs), and reduce manual verifications," the agency said.

The improvements include:
  • Text and visual features to help users accurately enter information into E-Verify.
  • Real-time feedback to help users quickly correct data entry errors.
  • Auto-scrolling to move to the next section on the page.
  • Fewer steps to create or close a case.
  • The ability to upload pictures of documents from a smartphone or tablet.
  • Alerts when data is entered that may lead to a TNC.
  • Updating language to use the same terms as the Form I-9.
  • Improved data matching to reduce TNCs and manual verifications.
  • Enhancements to USCIS security and employer accountability features.


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