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COVID-19: DHS announces flexibility in physical presence requirements for employment eligibility verification

  1. Original Date Announced

    March 20, 2020

    COVID-19: Due to coronavirus, DHS defers physical presence requirements associated with Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) in certain circumstances, allowing remote inspection until normal operations resume. However, if any employees are physically present at the worksite, in-person verification is still required. [ID #587]

    DHS COVID-19 Form I-9 Compliance
  2. Effective Date

    March 20, 2020

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Employment Verification
Agencies Affected: ICE

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • April 15, 2020 In normal times, a new employee must present documentation to the employer from the Lists of Acceptable Documents (Form 1-9 Instructions) that establishes identity and employment authorization. The employer is normally required to review the documents in the employee's physical presence and must accept the documents if the document(s) reasonably appears to be genuine and to relate to the employee. 8 CFR § 274a.2 - Verification of identity and employment authorization

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