Wednesday, November 18, 2020: DHS Extended Form I-9 Requirement Flexibility
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension through December 31, 2020 of its “flexibility policy” allowing certain employers to remotely complete Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The extended flexibility provision applies, however, only to employers and workplaces currently operating remotely due to COVID-19.
See the original news release for more information on obtaining, remotely inspecting, and retaining copies of the identity and employment eligibility documents to complete Section 2 of Form I-9. Employers should monitor the DHS and ICE websites for additional updates about when the extensions end and normal operations resume, although the Week In Review will continue to monitor these developments, too.
E-Verify participants which meet the criteria and choose the remote inspection option must continue to follow current guidance and create cases for their new hires within three business days from the date of hire.
See the DHS COVID-19 webpage for more information.