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Form I-9 Flexibilities Ended

By: Vanessa Mitchell Tuesday, 1 August 2023

8-1-23 Form I-9 Flexibilities Ended

Effective on April 1, 2021 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued temporary flexibility in the completion of Form I-9. Specifically, if employees were hired on or after April 1, 2021 and worked in an exclusive remote position due to COVID-19 precautions, were temporarily exempt from physical inspection of Form I-9 documents.

This temporary exemption existed until the employee undertakes consistent non-remote employment. Once normal operations/employment resumes, all remote employees reported to employer for document inspection within 3 business days.

The flexibility only applied exclusively to remote-work employees. If there were employees physically present at the employment location, no exceptions or flexibilities were allowed.

In October 2022, DHS announced an extension of the Form I-9 flexibilities until July 31, 2023. Click here for the full DHS announcement.

With the flexibilities ended, employers must revert to original Form I-9 Compliance standards.

Employers are responsible for monitoring the DHS and ICE website for updates regarding Form I-9 flexibilities.


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Form I-9 Comply™ is Choice Screening’s solution for electronic Form I-9 management that fully integrates with E-Verify. With Form I-9 Comply™ you will be taken through all the steps required to complete an employment eligibility verification including your new hire’s Form I-9 and managing the E-Verify case. Completed Form I-9s are housed in our secure cloud storage allowing you to be completely paperless!


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As a consumer reporting agency, we cannot act as your attorney or give you advice. This blog is informative and not all-encompassing. It is not meant to provide legal advice. You must consult qualified legal counsel to ensure you are maintaining a compliant program.


Topics: Form I-9 & E-Verify

Vanessa Mitchell

Vanessa Mitchell

Passionate blogger dedicated to making your life easier when it comes to background screening.