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ICE Extends I-9 Compliance Flexibility to August 19, 2020

On March 20, 2020 DHS announced that it would defer for a 60 day period the physical presence requirement to review the employee’s identity and employment authorization documents in order to complete Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for Employers and Workplaces that were working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As an alternative, Employers were permitted to inspect these documents “remotely” and obtain, inspect, and save the employee’s identity and employment authorization documents within 3 business days for the purposes of completing Form I-9. As we described on April 22, the March 20, 2020 DHS announcement provided detailed instructions on how the Form I-9 was to be completed based on the remote inspection of I-9 documents. This policy was extended on May 19, and again on June 19, for an additional 30- day period, respectively.

On July 18, 2020, DHS announced another 30 day extension of this policy through August 19, 2020.

It is important to emphasize that this policy only applies to employers and workplaces that are working entirely remotely. Once normal operations resume, all employees who were on-boarded using remote verification must report to their employer within 3 business days for “in-person” verification of their identity and employment eligibility documentation.

In this same March 20th announcement, ICE also stated that after July 19, no additional extension will be granted to employers who were served “Notices of Inspection (NOIs)" by ICE during the month of March 2020.

©1994-2021 Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume X, Number 205
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About this Author

Barbara Chin, Immigration Attorney, Mintz Levin
Associate

Barbara has advised clients on corporate and business immigration matters for 30 years and has served as counsel for domestic and international Fortune 500 companies in all aspects of employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visas.

Before focusing on immigration law, Barbara served as assistant district attorney in Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

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