The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week announced that it was ending the temporary COVID-19 policy allowing employers to accept expired documents when verifying work eligibility on the Form I-9 over the next month. Beginning on May 1, 2022, employers must return to the pre-COVID norm where only unexpired documents may be accepted. The temporary COVID policy was put in place temporarily back in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic began to grip the nation. It authorized employers to accept certain expired items as valid proof of work eligibility. Those items, referred to as List B documents, had expired but could not be renewed during the COVID pandemic because of government office closures (items such as driver’s licenses, state identifications and the like). Now, since most document-issuing authorities have reopened for in-person renewals or have adopted other equally effective processes for document renewals, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services office at Homeland Security is ending the COVID non-renewal exception. Employers who have accepted expired List B documents between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2022 should note that they will be required to update their Forms I-9 by July 31, 2022.