In response to the challenges for businesses posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has relaxed its rules on a number of immigration related workplace compliance obligations. These temporary measures so far include but are not limited to:

  • Removing the requirement that work authorization documents be reviewed in person when filling out the Form I-9;
  • Allowing employers to hire H-2A and H-2B workers already in the United States for positions essential to the U.S. food supply chain while petitions are still pending; and
  • Automatically extending deadlines to respond to Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny received in connection with visa petitions.

This memorandum briefly summarizes the COVID-19-related actions DHS has taken over the last two months that have the biggest impacts on employers.

Members of the Center for Workplace Compliance (CWC) can read more here.