Form I-9 Compliance Flexibility Set to Expire on April 30, 2022, Extended to October 31, 2022


Form I-9 Compliance Flexibility Set to Expire on April 30, 2022, Extended to October 31, 2022

On April 25, 2022, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – a federal law enforcement agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – announced an extension of the flexibilities in compliance requirements for the “Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification” that were set to expire on April 30, 2022, to October 31, 2022.

On March 20, 2020, in response to public health guidance and precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DHS announced it would exercise prosecutorial discretion to defer the physical presence requirements of the Form I-9 under Section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) only for employers and workplaces that were operating remotely.

Effective April 1, 2021, the DHS updated its Form I-9 guidance. Employees hired on or after April 1, 2021, who worked exclusively in a remote setting due to COVID-19 precautions were temporarily exempt from the physical inspection requirements associated with the Form I-9 under Section 274A of the INA until they undertook non-remote employment.

Employers should monitor the DHS and ICE websites for updates regarding when the extensions will be terminated. For more information about temporary policies related to COVID-19, visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) requires employers in the United States to complete Form I-9 for all employees hired after November 6, 1986, to verify their identity and their employment authorization to work in the country. Both employers and employees must complete the Form I-9 available at

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    Thomas Ahearn - News Blog Editor and Public Relations Specialist

    Thomas Ahearn is our News Blog Editor and Public Relations Specialist. Our News Blog provides information about the background check industry to employers, HR professionals, recruiters, and consumers. ClearStar's News covers a variety of topics including Ban the Box, credit reports, criminal records, data breaches, drug testing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), E-Verify, Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), HR technology, identity theft and fraud, jobs reports, lawsuits involving screening, Millennial workforce, privacy issues, social media background checks, and workplace violence.

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