ICE to Offer 30-Day Grace Period When Form I-9 Flexible Measures End

Last Updated on June 12, 2023

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that employers will have a 30-day window to comply with Form I-9 inspection requirements when COVID-19 provisions end.  


ICE introduced flexible I-9 document inspection protocols in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic began. The flexibilities allowed employers that were operating remotely during the pandemic to verify employee eligibility documents virtually by video, email or fax. The flexibilities were extended several times during the pandemic. The flexibilities will remain in place through July 31, 2023, and employers have an additional 30 days (through Aug. 30, 2023) to comply with the physical I-9 document inspection requirements for employees hired on or after March 20, 2020.  

Looking Ahead  

Employers that have been inspecting I-9 documents virtually for the past three years should start planning in-person interviews as soon as possible to comply with the physical inspection requirements for employees hired on or after March 20, 2020, by August 30, 2023.  

Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Jaclyn Pettit and Ashley Knowland, who are Managing Attorney and Partner, respectively, at  Global Immigration Associates (GIA), one of the two independent U.S. law firms Envoy exclusively works with on the Envoy Platform (the “U.S. Law Firms”).       

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.