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COVID-19 Update: I-9 and Border Closure Extensions

Sarah Huddleston
Client Services Associate

I-9 Extensions

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced another 30-day extension of the flexibilities in rules related to Form I-9 compliance that was granted earlier this year. The expiration date for these accommodations is now July 19. The original announcement from March can be found here.

Employers are reminded that these Form I-9 accommodations only apply to employers and workplaces that are operating 100% remotely in light of COVID-19. Please refer to our previous article outlining this provision here.

Additionally, as in the previous extension, employers who were served Notices of Inspection (NOIs) for their Form I-9s in March 2020 and have not already responded, are granted an additional extension of 30 days to respond. However, ICE confirmed that this will be the final extension relative to NOIs served by ICE during the month of March 2020. DHS indicated that they will provide updated guidance as needed, and that employers are required to monitor the DHS and ICE websites for additional updates.

Canada, the U.S., and Mexico Extend Border Closures

On June 16th, Canada, the U.S., and Mexico agreed to extend their border closures through July 21st. Non-essential travel will not be permitted at ports of entry, but essential travel will still be permitted, and includes work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.

Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult a Bridge-affiliated partner attorney or another qualified legal professional.

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