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covid-19 and the remote workplace – deferring the physical inspection of documents

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, remote Inspection of Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification has been extended yet again, this time until December 31, 2021. Form I-9 is used to verify the identity and employment authorizaiton of individuals hired to work in the United States. This form must be completed by all U.S. employers and must be done for U.S. citizens as well as noncitizens.

Beginning March 20, 2020 DHS announced that the review of Form I-9 Section 2 documents would be suspended for remote workers. As such, employers are not required to review Section 2 documents in the employee’s physical presence. Insepection is permitted remotely (zoom, fax, email, etc.). Once the workplace reopens, employers are required to physically inspect said documents. As a result of the prolonged pandemic, this flexibility has been extended numerous times and is currently in effect until December  31, 2021. 

Although in person Form I-9 inspection of Section 2 documents has been extended again, employers should begin to think about what a return to workplace employment eligibility verification process will mean for Form I-9 compliance

Wildes & Weinberg, P.C. was founded in 1960 by Leon Wildes, whose best-known accomplishment was his successful representation of John Lennon in his widely publicized deportation proceedings (the circumstances of which have inspired several films and documentaries). The firm specializes exclusively in the practice of U.S. immigration and nationality law, has a distinguished domestic and international clientele, and can assist with any type of immigration matter including employment and investment-based immigration, work permits, permanent residence for qualified individuals, family-based immigration, asylum, and Form I-9 compliance. 

The firm is internationally renowned for its successful representation of distinguished individuals and corporate clients such as performing artists, directors, writers, models, actors/actresses, athletes, race car drivers, fine artists, art dealers, curators, musicians, photographers, stylists, and literary agents. Some of the firm’s other distinguished clients include scholar Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (z”l), as well as soccer icon Pele, Master Chef Jean-Georges and First Lady Melania Trump and her family.

Wildes & Weinberg has offices in New York City, New York, Englewood, New Jersey, Miami, Florida, and a presence in Los Angeles, California and continues to maintain its stellar reputation in the field of U.S. Immigration & Nationality Law.

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