(CNN)Nearly 300 furloughed Department of Homeland Security employees are being called back to work amid the longest government shutdown in history.
Nearly 300 federal workers recalled from furlough to perform different jobs
Those federal workers -- all from the E-Verify division of US Citizenship and Immigration Services -- will be back on the job and the payroll starting Tuesday morning until a deal is reached to fund the parts of the government that are closed.
However, the E-Verify employees won't be going back to their pre-shutdown jobs for now. Instead they will be required to take on other responsibilities within Citizenship and Immigration Services. Employees will be assigned to jobs that are fee-funded, according to Citizenship and Immigration Services spokesman Michael Bars.
Employees will receive the same pay rate they did before the shutdown.
Citizenship and Immigration Services and a portion of the Federal Emergency Management Agency make up the majority of the DHS workforce that continued to report to work and to be paid during the shutdown from other than annual appropriations, according to a DHS official.
The E-Verify staff was an exception. It has been in furlough status since the shutdown began on Dec. 22.
"As you can imagine we are thrilled to have them back in our ranks, however, we continue to support all government employees who are working without pay and those who are not working," said Danielle Spooner, the president of American Federation of Government Employees Council 119, which represents Citizenship and Immigration Services employees.
Notices were sent to the some 300 E-Verify staff stationed around the country informing them they had to report to work this week and would be reassigned to other jobs until the end of the shutdown.
According to a notice obtained by CNN, employees went back on the payroll on Sunday and are required to report to the office after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
The measures were proposed by Citizenship and Immigration Services and approved by DHS to help mitigate the impact of the partial government shutdown, according to Bars.
"USCIS is fortunate that our highly trained and experienced E-Verify staff are returning to help support the agency's mission in other capacities until their program is fully functional. We're thankful for their patience and flexibility during this time," Bars said.
Employees will receive training for their new job functions and will return to their E-Verify jobs when a deal is reached to fund the government, according to USCIS.