DHS Again Extends Policy Allowing Employers to Review I-9 Work Authorization Documents Remotely

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that it was extending for an additional 30 days its March 20, 2020 policy that allows employers who have implemented remote working policies in response to COVID-19 to review a new employee’s work authorization documentation remotely when completing the Form I-9.  The expiration date for these accommodations is now July 19, 2020. 

In addition, employers who were served notices of inspection (NOIs) by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during the month of March 2020 and had not already responded were granted an automatic extension for 60 days from the effective date. ICE will grant an additional extension of 30 days to these employers.  According to the press release, this will be the final extension for NOIs served in March 2020.