Form I-9 Expired Documents Update Deadline is July 31

Jul 25, 2022

form i-9 expired documentsDHS Ends Temporary COVID-19 Policy for Form I-9 Expired Documents

On May 1, 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ended the COVID-19 Temporary Policy for List B Identity Documents. As a result, employers are no longer allowed to accept expired List B documents when individuals fill out their Form I-9. In addition, if an employee presented an expired List B document between May 1, 2020, and April 30, 2022, employers are required to update their Form I-9 by July 31, 2022.

Temporary COVID-19 Form I-9 Documents Policy

DHS issued the temporary policy in response to the challenges many individuals experienced with renewing List B documents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now that document-issuing agencies have reopened and provide alternatives to in-person renewals, the DHS has ended this flexibility. Employers will need to update Form I-9 for employees who used expired documents from List B.

Required Form I-9 Updates

Employers must use the “Additional Information” field in the form’s Section 2 to enter the title, issuing authority, number and expiration date of the unexpired document. Employees may present a renewed List B document, a different List B document or a document from List A. Employers must also initial and date these changes.

Employers should note that no action is required for individuals who used expired List B documents if:

  • They are no longer employed; or
  • The List B document was auto-extended by the issuing authority (the document is considered unexpired when presented).

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