I-9 Updates: New Form and COVID Flexibilities Ending

HomeNews & EventsI-9 Updates: New Form and COVID Flexibilities Ending

Immigration News & Events



I-9 Updates: New Form and COVID Flexibilities Ending

Share This Post: facebooktwitterLinkedIn

Now that the national emergency related to COVID-19 has ended, the Department of Homeland Security is slowly phasing out the flexibilities it had put in place during the pandemic.  Of note here, the flexibilities associated with Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, are coming to an end.  Previously, employers that were fully remote were able to take advantage of a temporary policy that allowed for remote verification of I-9 documents rather than the legally mandated physical inspection, but with the flexibility ending (or with operations of the business returning to normal), there is a requirement to now physically examine these previously remotely verified documents.

In addition to the ending of COVID-19 flexibilities, the Department of Homeland Security has released a new version of the Form I-9 after several years.  Along with a new form that reorganizes much information and condenses Section 1 and Section 2 to a single page, one exciting new addition is the implementation of remote verification of employees.  While the legal standard is and has been that an employer must physically examine documents presented to them, there is now an alternative procedure by which some employers will be able to examine documents virtually.  This will solve a huge number of headaches for workforces that are largely remote, but a caution—there are strict requirements as to who may conduct a remote verification and how those verifications must be conducted.

If you have questions about compliance now that COVID-19 flexibilities are ending, or would like to know more about the new form and procedures available, please contact our office.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a federal law that provides a pathway for certain abused family members of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) to apply for…



Recognized Leaders In
Immigration Law

Joseph & Hall P.C. is a full-service immigration law firm. We pride ourselves on being nationwide experts in all areas of immigration law, including the practice areas listed below. Our attorneys frequently are asked to speak both locally and nationally on a wide variety of immigration topics. For an overview of each practice area, please click the links below. If you have any questions about how these practice areas may apply to your case, please do not hesitate to contact our firm.


We Are Committed to Your Dreams.

Countless people dream of becoming a U.S. citizen. If your application was rejected by the USCIS, we are here to fight for your best interests.

Get in touch with us. Write us a message.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Tap Here To Schedule An Appointment
It's Fast & Easy