U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has again extended certain flexible Form I-9 procedures for employers operating remotely because of the COVID-19 national emergency.

Key points:

  • The temporary measures have been extended for an additional 30 days and are now set to expire Sept. 19.
  • The guidance allows employers who are operating 100% remotely 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 the documents that were viewed remotely within three business days.
  • Employers should refer to the original guidance, including eligibility requirements.
  • Under the original guidance, employers that were served notices of inspection (NOIs) in March but had not yet responded were granted an automatic extension of 60 days. After July 19, no additional extensions are being granted to employers served NOIs in March.

Background: ICE introduced the temporary measures on March 20 and has extended them in 30-day increments.

This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@bal.com.

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