Remote I-9 Inspections May Become a Permanent Feature of the Onboarding Process

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Typically, I-9 verification must be conducted in person. However, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has relaxed this requirement and has allowed employers to conduct I-9 inspections remotely. Employers have embraced this flexibility, especially as now more than ever employees are not physically on-site. To the disappointment of employers, however, these relaxed rules are set to expire this October.

In a happy turn of events, DHS has suggested that I-9 remote inspections may be here to stay. Earlier this month, DHS published a proposed set of rules (here) that, if implemented, would allow DHS to authorize I-9 remote inspections to continue indefinitely into the future. To be clear: these proposed rules do not authorize per se the continuation of I-9 remote inspections. But they are the first step, even if tentative, in that direction.

Employers should welcome the proposed set of rules. If remote I-9 inspections become permanent, employers would have the flexibility to conduct I-9 verifications via videoconference, thus eliminating the need for remote (or disabled) workers to attend an in-person verification.

For more information about this and how we can assist you in ensuring your business complies with the I-9 inspection process, please contact us at

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