Cleveland and Charlotte I-9 Compliance Lawyer
Serving Ohio and North Carolina
As the population in America continues to change and grow, more people are now becoming employed before becoming citizens. As a business owner, it is imperative that your I-9 files are compliant showing that all of your employees are legally allowed to work in this country.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and their sub-agency Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) now actively enforces illegal employment through the use of I-9 audits. Corporate audits are now being conducted to see if companies are correctly adhering to I-9 compliance standards set forth by both United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
At Philip Eichorn Co., LPA, we offer our immigration consulting services to help businesses of all sizes in Ohio and North Carolina with I-9 compliance. For more information, please contact a Cleveland I-9 compliance attorney to schedule a case assessment at our office located near AJC Federal Building.
What Is I-9 Compliance?
The I-9 form is an employment eligibility verification form that is used by an employer to verify that an employee is eligible for employment in the United States. Both employees and employers are required to complete the I-9 form within three business days of the start of employment. The I-9 form can now be stored electronically and supporting documents can be electronically verified through E-Verify.
What Happens With I-9 Noncompliance?
An employer who fails to comply with I-9 requirements may face civil fines, criminal indictment with both imprisonment and fines as punishment as well as debarment from federal contracts. Additionally, an employer who accepts fake or fraudulent documents may face criminal prosecution and harsh penalties.
What Happens if I Receive a Notice of Inspection?
If you receive a notice of inspection, you have been asked to provide I-9 forms or other information for inspection by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). You have three days to respond to a notice of inspection. Failure to comply may lead to civil or criminal prosecution.
Proactive and Proficient I-9 Compliance Services
We can help you proactively ensure your I-9 files are up to date with the current I-9 compliance standards. We can evaluate if the I-9's you have on file have been properly completed, revise them per audit and in doing so show a good faith effort at compliance which may mitigate penalties if audited by ICE later. We can also conduct employment eligibility verification for all other business immigration law needs you may have.
ICE Audits and Investigations
If you are audited by ICE, we can represent you in the process. Cooperation throughout the investigation is critical, but understanding what documents you do and don't have to submit is critical. As well, if the termination of employees due to the audit occurs, we can negotiate with ICE for a staging of the terminations so the business is not put at risk. We will also represent you in negotiations with ICE before civil penalties and fines have been assessed, and if necessary, corporate criminal representation for harboring illegal aliens.
Prevention through a self-audit by an experienced immigration lawyer is the first step in a best practice model. Taking necessary corrective action after a self audit with both completion of the I-9 and hiring practices is the second best practice step. We are here to help all businesses, small to large corporations, with all levels of I-9 compliance.
Contact a Charlotte ICE Audits Investigations Attorney
Please e-mail Philip Eichorn Co., LPA, to discuss your I-9 compliance needs or any other immigration matter. We want to help you determine the best strategy to help your business continue to thrive and grow.