Department of Homeland Security (DHS), I-9 and REAL ID Policies

Last Updated

February 3, 2022


  • I-9 Policy:
    • List B: DHS has announced that, Form I-9 identity documents found in List B set to expire on or after March 1, 2020, and not otherwise extended by the issuing authority, may be treated the same as if the employee presented a valid receipt for an acceptable document for Form I-9 purposes. DHS has issued special instructions for how employers should fill out form I-9 if this policy is utilized, and when an employee must submit an updated or replacement List B document after this temporary policy ends. Any concerned practitioners or employers should review the announcement in full for details.
    • In-person Inspection: DHS and ICE announced flexibility in complying with requirements related inspecting forms in-person for to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID-19. This temporary policy was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2020, but was subsequently extended until Jan. 31, 2021, then March 31, 2021, then Aug. 31, 2021, and again until Dec. 31, 2021. On Jan. 1, 2022, the policy was further extended until April 30, 2022. See the latest extension announcement here.
  • REAL ID: On March 26, 2020, DHS announced the extension of the REAL ID enforcement deadline beyond the current Oct. 1, 2020, deadline until Oct. 1, 2021. DHS has subsequently provided another 19-month delay and the new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is May 3, 2023. An interim rule was published in the Federal Register on May 3, 2021.

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