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On July 1, 2009, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent in Charge (SAC) offices nationwide are commencing a Form I-9 audit initiative in every state by serving Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to several businesses within each SAC’s respective area of responsibility. As part of the new ICE Worksite Enforcement (WSE) Strategy, this initiative will renew ICE’s focus on employers and bring national attention to the statutory and regulatory requirements all employers must adhere to when hiring.
This impacts every business. All U.S. employers must complete and retain a Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and noncitizens. On the form, the employer must examine the employment eligibility and identity document(s) an employee presents to determine whether the document(s) reasonably appear to be genuine and relate to the individual and record the document information on the Form I-9.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched the bold, new audit initiative on July 1, 2009 by issuing Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to 652 businesses nationwide – which is more than ICE issued throughout all of 2008 fiscal year. The notices alert business owners that ICE will be inspecting their I-9 hiring records to determine whether or not they are complying with employment eligibility verification laws and regulations. Inspections are one of the most powerful tools the federal government has to enforce employment and immigration laws. This new initiative illustrates ICE’s increased focus on holding employers accountable for their hiring practices and efforts to ensure a legal workforce. In FY 2008, ICE issued 503 similar notices throughout the year. In April, ICE implemented a new, comprehensive strategy to reduce the demand for illegal employment and protect employment opportunities for the nation’s lawful workforce. Under this strategy, ICE is focusing its resources on the auditing and investigation of employers suspected of cultivating illegal workplaces by knowingly employing illegal workers. The nationwide initiative being launched today is a direct result of this new strategy.
Our attorneys assist multi-national corporations, mid-sized and small businesses, and organizations to get heir I-9 documentation in proper order in compliance with federal laws and regulations to avoid sanctions. If you have any questions or need assistance getting your I-9 documentation in order, please contact Immigration Solutions Group, PLLC at (202) 234-0899.