Remote Review of I-9 Forms Extended for 60 More Days

Author: Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editor

September 18, 2020

A US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) exemption allowing employers to remotely review the identity and employment authorization documents of employees who must telework during the national coronavirus emergency has been extended for an additional 60 days.

In March 2020, DHS announced that it would temporarily relax its Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification document review requirements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The temporary exemption was originally set to expire May 19 but has been extended several times. The most recent extension will expire November 19.

In a statement, DHS said it will "continue to monitor the ongoing national emergency and provide updated guidance as needed." Employers are required to monitor the DHS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) websites for additional updates about when the extensions will be terminated and normal operations will resume.