April 2022: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Extends the COVID-19 Requirement Flexibility

26 Apr


Update Applicable to:
All employers.

What happened?
In our previous communication, we informed you about an extension to the Form I-9 compliance flexibility. This is an update on that law.

What are the details?
On April 25, 2022, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the Form I-9 flexibilities first announced in March 2020 and updated in March 2021

This temporary guidance was set to expire on April 30, 2022. Because of ongoing precautions related to COVID 19, the DHS has extended the Form I 9 flexibilities until October 31, 2022.

Employers are encouraged to begin, at their discretion, the in-person verification of identity and employment eligibility documentation for employees who were hired on or after March 20, 2020, and who presented such documents for remote inspection in reliance on the flexibilities first announced in March 2020.

What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the links provided above and should be aware of the extension to the I-9 flexibility rules to continue to process their Form I-9s with the guidance provided by ICE.