On January 25, 2019, President Trump signed a stopgap spending bill to re-open the U.S. government.   Federal agencies affected by the 35-day shutdown have resumed operations and will be funded until February 15, 2019. 


E-Verify also resumed operations, and the Department of Homeland Security provided instructions for participating employers to ensure compliance:

  • Employers who participate in E-Verify must create an E-Verify case by February 11, 2019 for each employee hired while E-Verify was not available.

  • Employers must use the hire date from the employee’s Form I-9 when creating the E-Verify case. If the case creation date is more than three days following the date the employee began working for pay, select “Other” from the drop-down list and enter “E-Verify Not Available” as the specific reason. 

For additional details regarding E-Verify compliance during the shutdown, please visit https://www.e-verify.gov/e-verify-resumes-operation  


The situation posed by the federal government shutdown remains fluid. If another shutdown occurs on or after February 15, 2019, there may be further impact on immigration-related services such as E-Verify.  For further information on the U.S. government agencies and services likely to be impacted if there is another shutdown, please see Immigration Alert: Potential Government Shutdown and Immigration Impact.


Gibney will be closely monitoring the situation and provide updates as necessary. If you have any questions about this alert, please contact your Gibney representative or email info@gibney.com.


The general information provided herein is not intended to serve as a source of legal advice for any purpose. Please contact your designated Gibney representative or immigration counsel for specific legal advice.