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.
See the original news release for more information on how to remotely inspect and obtain copies of the identity and employment eligibility documents to complete Section 2 of Form I-9.
Originally this temporary guidance was set to expire on November 19. DHS has now extended this policy until December 31, 2020 due to ongoing precautions related to COVID-19. This provision only applies to employers and workplaces that are operating remotely.
Employers must monitor the DHS and ICE websites for additional updates about when the extensions end and normal operations resume. 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.