ICE Announces Another Extension For Form I-9 Flexibility

Volume: 20 | Issue: 58
September 7, 2021

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced another extension to the flexibilities toward Form I-9 compliance initially granted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In March 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would defer the physical presence requirements associated with the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9). This policy was implemented for 60 days but has been repeatedly extended. The expiration for these accommodations is now December 31, 2021.

ICE states: “This extension will continue to apply the guidance previously issued for employees hired on or after April 1, 2021 and work exclusively in a remote setting due to COVID-19-related precautions. Those employees are temporarily exempt from the physical inspection requirements associated with the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) until they undertake non-remote employment on a regular, consistent, or predictable basis, or the extension of the flexibilities related to such requirements is terminated, whichever is earlier.”

It is important to remember that this flexibility applies only to employers and workplaces that are operating remotely. If employees are physically present at a work location, employers should complete their normal in-person Form I-9 processes.  

If you have questions about Form I-9 procedures, please contact a KZA attorney. 

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