Macdonald said companies need to continue to fill out required forms on new hires, but they’ll have to remember to complete the process on E-Verify when the system is restored.
Both Macdonald and Atlanta immigration attorney Charles Kuck said they were not aware of any employers holding off on hiring because of the E-Verify situation.
But they said there may be inconveniences and hassles down the road. The longer the shutdown lasts, the more employers will be rushing to put employees through the system when it is back up.
“It’s going to be a pain in the neck,” Macdonald said.
Kuck predicted that some unauthorized workers who would normally be flagged by E-Verify will manage to get and keep jobs until the system is back up. Meanwhile, employers will have spent time and money to train them, he said.