Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently commenced a new round of Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification audits of more than 500 employers across the United States. This is the Obama Administration’s third round of signifcant Form I-9 audits since January 2009. Although ICE publicized the other two rounds of audits which targeted between 700 and 1,000 employers in each audit, the current round of audits of approximately 500 employers was not as publicized. However, after employers contacted our firm and other law firms regarding the audits, ICE was contacted to confirm whether it was commencing a new round of audits. ICE did confirm the new round of audits of approximately 500 employers. The audits appear to be nationwide. The audits may be in response to criticizm that the Obama Administration has been receiving regarding its immigration policies. Because it is assumed that ICE will continue to aggressively audit employers across the United States in the Form I-9 program, our firm is strongly encouraging our clients and other employers to proactively audit their Form I-9 programs at this time because ICE only gives three business days after issuing a Notice of Inspection for employers to provide extensive documentation about its Form I-9 program.
Additional information about current and future Form I-9 audits by ICE will be contained in our firm’s future Immigration Updates when it becomes available.