The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it has plans to issue a proposed rule that would allow employers to verify employee identity and employment eligibility documentation virtually when completing Form I-9 verification requirements. This would apply “in certain circumstances or with respect to certain employers.”

Currently, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DHS allowed an exemption, permitting employers operating remotely to conduct virtual verification of an employee’s Form I-9 documents. This exception is set to expire on October 31, 2022.

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