Big news coming in about inspections of I-9 documents! Remote review of identification for I-9 paperwork is now allowed, which is a significant procedural shift that will better accommodate new hires and employers in this virtual environment. This option was allowed temporarily during the COVID pandemic; after a lengthy review process, the Department of Homeland Security released the final permanent rule on an alternative method for I-9 documentation review in late July. 

With this new alternative method, employees hired after August 1, 2023 can have their I-9 documentation remotely reviewed by employers, if the employers have met certain requirements. To qualify for this alternative method, employers MUST meet all of the following requirements:

  1. participate in E-Verify
  2. Obtain, examine, and retain copies of all documents
  3. Conduct a live video interaction with the employee to review documents.
  4. Create an E-Verify Case if the employee is a new hire.

An updated I-9 was released by USCIS on August 1, 2023, and can be used by all employers immediately – this version must be used and noted appropriately if the alternative document review method is used.  The previous version (dated 10/21/2019) can still be used for all employees through October 31, 2023, if the alternative method is not being used.  The new I-9 must be in place for all employers starting November 1, 2023.

For more information about the process changes visit

To view or download the new Form I-9

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