NO MORE ROOM FOR ZOOM I-9 Rules Are Tightening July 31, 2023 « Law Offices of Timothy Bowles | Top Employment Law Firm in Los Angeles

I-9 Rules Are Tightening July 31, 2023

Real McCoy Rule

As the pandemic descended in March 2020, restricting workforce millions to their homes, U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) suspended the in-person verification requirement for I-9 supporting documents, permitting remote methods – e.g., email, fax, and video platforms – to show proof of citizenship or other OK-to-work status.

Employers remotely verifying were to place “COVID-19” on section 2 of the form and to confirm the documents in person on resumption of normal operations, with a further “documents physically examined” notation on that form.

Such remote verification flexibility is ending on July 31, 2023.  Employers will again need to verify in person all I-9 supporting documents. They will also have until August 30 to physically verify the forms previously confirmed remotely.

Stay tuned for more developments. The Department of Homeland Security is considering a rule adopting alternate procedures for I-9 document reviews that could go into effect later this year.


Employers must ensure they are verifying in person all I-9 supporting documents after July 31, 2023 and, by August 30, update all remotely provided I-9 forms with in-person verification.

For further information, please contact Tim BowlesCindy Bamforth or Helena Kobrin.

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Helena Kobrin
June 16, 2023

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