DHS Extends I-9 Compliance Flexibility to May 31st, 2021
On March 31st, 2021, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in rules related to the Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9 Form) that was granted last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will extend this flexibility until May 31, 2021. This policy only applies to employers and workplaces that are operating remotely due to COVID-19-related precautions. Those employees are temporarily exempt from the physical inspection requirements associated with the I-9 Form until they resume non-remote employment or the extension of the flexibility in rules is terminated, whichever is earlier.
Once normal operations resume, all employees who were onboarded using remote verification must report to their employer within three (3) business days for in-person verification of identity and employment eligibility documentation for the I-9 Form. If there are employees physically present at a work location, no exceptions are being implemented at this time for in-person verification of identity and employment eligibility documentation. Additional information can be found here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-related-news/temporary-policies-related-to-covid-19. See below for guidance on completing the immigration I-9 remotely and once in person business operations resume.
See below for guidance on completing the immigration I-9 remotely and once in person business operations resume.