Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today it has extended Form I-9 flexible procedures for employers operating remotely due to COVID-19 for an additional 60 days.

Key Points:

  • The temporary measures, which were set to expire Jan. 31, have now been extended until March 31, 2021.
  • The guidance allows employers who are operating remotely because of COVID-19 to conduct verification of employee documents virtually, e.g., using fax, email or video link, for the purpose of Form I-9 employment eligibility verification procedures.
  • Employers that follow the virtual procedures must comply with guidelines when “normal operations resume,” including conducting physical inspection of documents that were viewed remotely within three business days.
  • Employers should consult the original March 2020 ICE guidance for eligibility requirements and how to obtain, remotely inspect and retain copies of identity and employment eligibility documents.
  • Employers are required to monitor the DHS and ICE websites for additional updates regarding when the extensions will be terminated, and normal operations will resume.

Background: The temporary measures were introduced on March 20, 2020, and have repeatedly been extended since.

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