On November 18, 2020, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of its policy allowing flexibility in performing in-person verification of documents presented for Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. This most recent extension is effective through December 31, 2020.

The Form I-9 compliance flexibility policy will continue to apply only to employers and workplaces that are operating remotely. There are no exceptions for in-person verification of identity and employment eligibility documentation for employees who are physically present at their employer’s work location.

Ogletree Deakins’ Immigration Practice Group will continue to monitor developments with respect to the policy changes and will post updates on the Immigration blog as additional information becomes available. Important information for employers is also available via the firm’s webinar programs.