I-9 Compliance for Employers

I-9 Compliance
The Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 is a USCIS Form used by employers to verify an employee’s identity and to establish that the worker is eligible to accept employment in the United States.  Federal law requires employers to verify that all newly-hired employees present “facially valid” documentation verifying the employee’s identity and legal authorization to accept employment in the United states.

Our firm provides complete information, assistance and training of employers in regards to I-9 compliance with all federal and immigration regulations.  We will conduct internal audits to identity immigration violations and minimize potential future liability for past violations, and assist with representation in government audits and investigations as well.

I-9 Audits and Worksite Enforcement
Federal law includes penalties for I-9 non-compliance.  An employer who hires an unauthorized worked can be fined between $250 and $5,500 per worker.  In addition, such an employer can be barred from federal contracts for a year.  An employee who knowingly accepts fraudulent documentation can also be criminally prosecuted under other immigration laws.

An employer who fails to keep proper records that I-9s are properly filed can also be fined $110 per missing item for each form, up to $1100 per form, even if the employee is legally authorized to work in the U.S.  Since 2009, ICE has conducted over 7,500 audits and imposed over $80 million in fines.  IN 2011 alone, ICE conducted 2,740 audits and assessed over $7 million in fines.

E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility.