Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE, is the enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security that is responsible for conducting Form I-9 audits. Over the past few years, the number of ICE Audits has increased substantially. During the Bush Administration, ICE was conducting roughly 400 audits per year. Under the Obama Administration, that number increased to nearly 2,500. In 2018, under the Trump Administration, ICE audits more than doubled. As the country continues to tighten its belt on immigration, this number is expected to continue to exponentially rise.

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Applicants for jobs typically have to undergo numerous types of checks to ensure that they meet the requirements for employment. While the most obvious check that might come to mind might be verifying your references in order to confirm your skills and experience, in the U.S. employers are also required to take additional steps to ensure that every new hire is eligible to work legally in the country.

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ICE has issued an unprecedented number of I-9 audits over the last three weeks, totaling 3,282 NOI’s to employers across the country. The recent wave of audits target hospitality, agriculture, food processing, health care, landscaping and construction industries.  It is anticipated that thousands more audits will be issued in the coming weeks.

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The Form I-9 is a federally mandated, two-page document used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment within the United States.  Every employer is responsible for ensuring proper completion of the Form I-9 for all individuals hired for employment in the U.S.  Once completed, employers must retain these forms for a designated period of time for the purpose of future inspections sanctioned by the U.S. government.

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The Basics

The Form I-9 is a federally mandated, two-page document used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment within the United States. Every employer is responsible for ensuring proper completion of the Form I-9 for all individuals hired for employment in the United States. Once completed, employers must retain these forms for a designated period of time for the purpose of future inspections sanctioned by the U.S. government.

 

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The Basics

E-Verify is an online employee verification system administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The purpose of this program is to allow businesses in the United States that are hiring a paid employee to have an additional safeguard for verifying that the new-hire is in fact legally eligible to work in the U.S.

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