In recent years, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ramped up inspections of Form I-9s at companies across the country. If your company receives a Notice of Inspection (NOI), you want to be confident that all of your immigration records and documentation is in order and that your employees and hiring practices are in full compliance with immigration laws. If ICE decides that you violated I-9 or E-Verify procedures, your company can face hefty penalties and your employees could face deportation proceedings.
To prevent unnecessary immigration issues with your business or your employees, it is important for companies to conduct E-Verify and I-9 audits on their own at regular intervals. At Farmer, Farmer & Brown Law Firm, P.L.L.C. our immigration attorneys assist employers with this process and more.
An E-Verify audit should be adapted to your own company’s practices, but should generally review and inspect the following:
After reviewing all of your procedures, always be honest about any issues in your system and address them in a timely manner. An experienced attorney can assist you in the audit process, as well as make necessary adjustments in training and procedures.
ICE is increasingly raiding businesses and HR departments searching for I-9 errors. Even one missing I-9 form can cost an employer more than $1,000, and you can face penalties up to $16,000 for a missing I-9 for an unauthorized employee. You should always be organized and ready in the event that immigration agents knock at your door, and one way to ensure this is to conduct your own audits at regular intervals.
Having the right I-9 forms on file is essential to prevent penalties and other issues with immigration officials. In the event of an ICE audit, you should immediately seek defense representation from an experienced employment immigration attorney.
Our team at Farmer, Farmer & Brown Law Firm, P.L.L.C. assists companies with E-Verify and I-9 compliance, as well as with defense in the event of a federal audit. Call (512) 894-2128 or contact us today for more information.
Take some time to explain the nature of your needs and we will do our best to reach out to you and collect more information on your legal circumstances. Our team is ready to help you in the best way possible.