Employers Have Until Feb. 11 to Verify Work Eligibility

E-Verify, the employment verification system operated by the US government, is back online. Participating employers who hired new workers during the government’s 35-day shutdown can now create cases for these hires.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which manages the program, announced the reinstatement this week and said employers must create new cases by Feb. 11 for all employees hired while the E-Verify system was unavailable. Use the hire date from the I-9, and for cases created more than 3 days after the employee started work, choose “E-Verify Not Available” from the menu when asked to explain the delay.

There’s also an explanation of how to handle tentative nonconfirmations. If you’ve been advised by your employee they intend to contest a TNC, “you must revise the date by which your employee must contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) or DHS to begin resolving the TNC,” says the USCIS notice. You do that by adding 10 federal business days to the date of the employee’s Referral Date Confirmation notice. Give a copy of the revised notice to the employee.

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There also instructions for employees who were unable to contest a TNC because of the shutdown.

As a previous TLNT article reported, even though E-Verify was unavailable between Dec. 22 and the beginning of this week, employers still had to complete Form I-9 for all new hires.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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