I-9 Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency

The Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 is a form issued by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services to verify the identity and employment eligibility of workers within the United States. U.S. Employers... more +
The Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 is a form issued by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services to verify the identity and employment eligibility of workers within the United States. U.S. Employers must require all employees, both citizens and non-citizens, to complete an I-9 and present supporting documentation, such as a passport or green card. less -
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Are Independent Contractors Always Exempt From I-9 Requirements?

Employers rarely question the general rule that independent contractors are not required to complete a form I-9. Most employers believe that, if an individual is labeled as an independent contractor, a form I-9 is not...more

Check Up or Pay Up: I-9 Compliance Fines Hit CA Company

On July 8, 2015, the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), issued a decision finding Hartmann Studios, Inc. “liable for 808 violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(a)(1)(B)”, namely hiring workers in the United...more

OCAHO Imposes $605,250 Fine for I-9 Violations

On July 8, 2015, the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), the administrative court with jurisdiction to review penalties for I-9 violations, issued a decision in the matter of United States v. Hartmann...more

I-9 COMPLIANCE - A Fixed Fee Program

Investigations and audits of Form I-9 documents by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are steeply on the rise, and the Obama administration is promising to keep the heat on employers in the coming...more

I-9 and E-Verify Compliance Practices for Temporary Labor and Contractors Four things to do now to minimize risk

Many of our clients rely on temporary labor solutions and outsourcing of certain functions to contractors to make their businesses work. While these workers are not your direct employees, their presence on your site doing...more

Polsinelli Podcast - The Climate for I9 Audits in 2015 [Video]

Employers are required by law to verify an employee's identity and authorization to work in the United States by completing a Form I-9. This responsibility should be taken seriously as companies can face fines for paperwork...more

Severe Fines for I-9 Noncompliance

During the first quarter of 2015, The Office of Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) issued five decisions involving employer violations related to Form I-9. In its latest decision (United States v. Liberty Packaging,...more

OCAHO Finds PEO Liable for Near Maximum I-9 Fines for False Employer Attestation Violations: Is Your Business Similarly Exposed?

On January 20, 2015, Judge Ellen Thomas, a federal administrative law judge (ALJ) with the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), a division of the Executive Office of Immigration Review within the U.S....more

Do I Need a Lawyer to Assist My Company with an I-9 Audit by ICE?

A couple of recent decisions by the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearings Officer (OCAHO) demonstrate the importance of timely retaining experienced counsel to represent you and assist you with government I-9 audits....more

Five Things Employers Should Consider When Conducting an I-9 Self-Audit

The year 2009 marked a dramatic change in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (“ICE”) workforce enforcement strategy. Up until 2008, ICE focused its enforcement efforts almost exclusively on illegal workers. For instance,...more

Electronic I-9 Compliance Systems: Choosing the Right Fit

A growing trend in I-9 compliance is the use of electronic software to manage I-9 and E-Verify compliance responsibilities. This shift towards electronic solutions brings along some significant challenges due to the rigorous...more

Form I-9 Verification Process Update

The following important highlights resulted from the November meeting between the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee, USCIS’s Verification Division, and ICE’s Homeland...more

I-9 Verification Updates from AILA-DHS Liaison Meeting

On November 6, 2014, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee met with USCIS Verification Division and ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Washington, D.C....more

Undocumented Worker Can Cause Health Plan Problems

Employers know that since the 1980s they have been required to check the lawful work status of employees that they hire through the I-9 process. Employers also know that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can audit...more

OIG 2015 Plan Focuses on ICE’s Business Selection Process for I-9 Investigation

As part of its 2015 fiscal year Annual Performance Plan published on October 1, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) will review the approach of Immigration and Customs...more

CAHO Upholds Fine of $329,895 for 300 I-9 Forms

If you have already undergone one I-9 audit by ICE, you may think your business is now safe and off of the government’s radar. You would be wrong. As reaffirmed in a recent decision by the Office of the Chief Administrative...more

I-9 Forms, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, EB-5 Visas, and Reform Q&A - This month in Immigration

I-9 Audits - A fine for a couple of I-9 violations pales in comparison to the $34 million settlement paid by Infosys in 2012 for repeated I-9 violations and omissions discovered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement...more

Old E-Verify Data: Download it or Lose It

USCIS is giving participating employers the chance, in the final quarter of every calendar year starting now, to download for employers' storage E-Verify records older than 10 years before USCIS destroys those historical...more

I-9 and E-Verify: Knowing the Difference Makes a Big Difference for Employers

At a recent presentation on Form I-9 compliance a participant asked: “Isn’t E-Verify just an electronic replacement for the I-9 form?” This a great question and I am glad someone asked it because knowing the answer is...more

ICE I-9 Audit Leads to $2 Million Fine Against Hotel

When an employer becomes the subject of an enforcement audit by ICE and I-9 violations are discovered, civil fines for simple paperwork violations – even if no undocumented workers are discovered – will range from $110 to...more

OCAHO Significantly Reduces Fine After Finding No Unauthorized Employees

On June 30, 2014, the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), which is responsible for review of penalties imposed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for I-9 compliance violations,...more

Client Alert - The Rules of the Game Change As ICE Targets Employers

The year 2009 marked a dramatic change in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) workforce enforcement strategy. Up until 2008, ICE focused its enforcement efforts almost exclusively on illegal workers. For instance, ICE...more

Avoiding Fines by Starting the I-9 Process Early. Just Not Too Early…

As we have noted in prior posts, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) has been aggressively pursuing I-9 inspections and imposing record fines (about $12.5 million per year) as part of its multi-year strategic plan....more

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $90K to $25K

The Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) has jurisdiction to review penalties imposed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for I-9 compliance violations. In calculating the amount of the...more

ICE Gets Graded By Homeland Security: What does this mean for employers?

In February, 2014, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (OIG) issued a final report (Report) “grading” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s operations. The Report found specific...more

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