Lapse in Funding Temporarily Shuts Down E-Verify

January 03, 2019 • Zach DiSchiano

Lapse in Funding Temporarily Shuts Down E-Verify

As the partial U.S. government shutdown continues, the country’s electronic employment eligibility verification service, E-Verify, has been temporarily disabled because of a lapse in funding.

According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the website won’t be actively managed or updated until after funding is restored. The agency reported “information on the website may not be up to date” and transactions submitted through E-Verify may not be processed until after the shutdown ends.

During the shutdown, employers won’t be able to:

  • Enroll in the program
  • Access their E-Verify accounts
  • Create a case
  • View or take action on any case
  • Add, delete, or edit accounts
  • Reset passwords
  • Edit company information
  • Terminate accounts
  • Run reports

During the shutdown, employers are still responsible for verifying new hire’s employment eligibility and complying with Form I-9 requirements.

For more information, check out this SHRM article or read the release on the E-Verify website

Zach DiSchiano is a communications specialist at TASB HR Services. Send Zach an email at

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