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Will Virtual, Remote I-9 Verification Post-COVID Become a Reality?


Our friends at Littler Mendelson P.C. recently posted this article:

Since March 2020, the USCIS has allowed virtual, remote I-9 verification where all employees are working remotely due to COVID, or when a new employee, post April 1, 2021, is working remotely due to COVID. Many employers as well as immigration attorneys have been clamoring for virtual, remote I-9 verification regardless of remote work. It looks like the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has heard the pleas for this much-needed modernization of I-9 compliance.

On August 18, 2022, the DHS proposed the possibility of virtual, remote verification even if employees are not working remotely. DHS has requested comments from the general public on this subject. If this proposal is implemented, it could be a major change and improvement in the world of I-9 compliance.

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