The New I-9 Form from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is finally here! We can now see the actual changes and how we should adapt onboarding policies to meet the new criteria.
DHS surprised Employers, legal minds, HR associations, and professionals when they moved to modernize employment eligibility verification, by taking additional steps to provide certainty and flexibility for American businesses. Rather than examining an employee’s identity and employment authorization documents in person, employers who participate in E-Verify and are in good standing will have the option to conduct verification electronically and with a live video call interaction. This will be a different flexibility than what the current DHS has provided for Employers.
However, on August 3, 2023, DHS The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Aug. 3 proposed a pilot program for small employers to remotely verify I-9 forms—a program that would be similar to the remote verification alternative procedure recently made available to qualified E-Verify users.
The pilot program, which would be optional, would resemble the E-Verify remote verification but would not be available to E-Verify employers. Like the E-Verify remote verification, it would provide remote document inspection, document retention, and protection against discrimination.
On May 11, 2023, the President determined that the Covid-19 pandemic was no longer an emergency. As a result, that prompted The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to announce that “Normal Operations are Resumed”. Employers will have 30 days to comply with Form I-9 employment eligibility verification physical document examination requirements when COVID-19 flexibility ended on July 31, 2023. Employers have until August 30, 2023, to meet the physical review of ID documents they conducted remotely during the 3 years of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why you should attend:
For at least a year, DHS and immigration attorneys have been encouraging employers who have been using the temporary flexibility to prepare for the end of that program. On May 1, 2023, the White House announced that the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency would end on May 11, 2023, thus means that DHS has considered Normal Operations are resumed. Now, with less than three months to go, all Employers must prepare for compliance.
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