U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on June 16 that E-Verify accounts that are not accessed over a nine month period will be considered inactive and closed. This rule is expected to go into effect on August 1, 2016.
For any clients using E-Verify accounts through the OnePoint Services Marketplace, the agency recommends that administrators login to their E-Verify accounts at least once every 270 days. They also recommend employers review their E-Verify accounts and terminate user IDs for administrators who no longer need access to the system to avoid mistakenly triggering deactivation.
USCIS is working on expanded enhancements to the E-Verify system, including:
- Requiring participating employers to reverify employees whose work authorization has expired.
- Adding a feature for the tentative non-confirmation (TNC) process to apprise flagged employees of their status.
- Allowing workers to request a review of their final non-confirmation (FNC).
The proposal comment period ended in June. While certain enhancements to the E-Verify system seem like they will improve the service, there are strong opposition comments from organization like U.S. Chamber of Commerce, SHRM and several reputable employment law firms.
Even with opposition the proposal is now at the White House Office of Management and Budget for review, after which the updates are expected to go into effect.