When completing the I-9 to verify employment eligibility, you may notice that the form will expire on October 31, 2022.
Usually, the government releases a new form to replace the old one. However, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced an extension to the existing form.
As stated by the USCIS, “Because of ongoing precautions related to COVID-19, DHS has extended the Form I-9 flexibilities until July 31, 2023.”
Here’s what that means: keep using the current form until the end of July 2023.
The current I-9 was released as an answer to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing for both in-person and remote document verification options. According to their announcement, ICE and DHS encourage employers who used remote document verification for employees hired on or after March 20, 2020 to begin the retroactive in-person verification.
Regardless of the expiration date printed on the form, it is still okay to use until we learn otherwise.
You can read this announcement and additional advisement from DHS and ICE on the USCIS website.
Visit the Nextep blog to read about the ins and outs of the current I-9, including procedures and changes.
While these changes will not cause any additional action on your part, feel free to contact our HR team with any questions you may have. As always, we’re here to help!