Flexible I-9 Measures Extended Until September 19
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have announced an extension of flexibility in certain I-9 verification procedures until September 19, 2020, due to COVID-19. This is applicable only for employers working remotely. This temporary extension had been set to expire on August 18, but has been extended due to the ongoing precautionary measures. Temporary measures for flexibility in E-verification were originally announced by ICE in March, and have been extended in 30-day increments.
The guidance, which pertains to Section 2 of Form I-9 employment eligibility verification, allows employers that are working 100% remotely to verify documents virtually, e.g., using fax or email. See blog, “