DHS EXTENDS FORM I-9 REQUIREMENT FLEXIBILITY (SEPTEMBER 20, 2020)
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID-19. This temporary guidance was set to expire September 19. Because of ongoing precautions related to COVID-19, DHS has extended this policy for an additional 60 days.
This provision only applies to employers and workplaces that are operating remotely. See the DHS Form I-9 requirement flexibility news release for more information on how to obtain, remotely inspect, and retain copies of the identity and employment eligibility documents to complete Section 2 of Form I-9.
E-Verify participants who meet the criteria and choose the remote inspection option should continue to follow current guidance and create cases for their new hires within three business days from the date of hire. Please see E-Verify's Temporary Policies Related to COVID-19 webpage for more information.