On September 14, 2020, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibilities in rules related to Form I-9 compliance that was granted earlier this year. Due to the continued COVID-19-related precautions, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will extend this policy until November 19, 2020.
On March 19, 2020, due to precautions implemented by employers and employees associated with COVID-19, DHS announced that it would defer the physical presence requirements associated with the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. This policy only applies to employers and workplaces that are operating remotely. If there are employees physically present at a work location, no exceptions are being implemented at this time for in-person verification of identity and employment eligibility documentation for Form I-9.