When you’re recruiting a new hire, you’ll likely have a long list of criteria to help you identify the right candidate. While skills and experience are important, there is also one crucial aspect that should not be overlooked: eligibility to work in the U.S.
Applicants for jobs typically have to undergo numerous types of checks to ensure that they meet the requirements for employment. While the most obvious check that might come to mind might be verifying your references in order to confirm your skills and experience, in the U.S. employers are also required to take additional steps to ensure that every new hire is eligible to work legally in the country.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that E-Verify has resumed operations following the recent 35-day partial U.S. Government Shutdown. Heavy delays are expected as the service is restored.
“Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. E- Verify and E-Verify services are unavailable.” - Official E-Verify Website.
Following a partial shutdown of the U.S. federal government, the electronic employment eligibility verification service will be unavailable indefinitely. Starting December 22, 2019, the E-Verify Website will not be actively managed due to lack of federal funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
E-Verify is an online employee verification system administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The purpose of this program is to allow businesses in the United States that are hiring a paid employee to have an additional safeguard for verifying that the new-hire is in fact legally eligible to work in the U.S.