I-9 Compliance and E-Verify
Form I-9 Compliance and Employment Verification
The federal government requires employers to verify the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees regardless of their nationality or country of origin. It is not sufficient to simply check a newly hired employee’s Social Security card. These items can be forged or shared among multiple users. Employers must go the extra step of verifying that their employees are eligible to work in the United States.
Helping Employers Comply With Immigration Rules
The process of complying with these regulations can be confusing and difficult. The sanctions for failure to comply can be severe. That is why businesses rely on the immigration attorneys of Ferman Law for experienced assistance in Form I-9 compliance issues and participation in the E-Verify system.
We take a proactive approach, helping establish a process for compliance that will protect you and your business from the possibility of fines and other negative consequences. We can also advise and assist you if you have received an employer no-match letter or are facing other compliance issues.
What Is Form I-9?
Employers must complete Form I-9 for every employee they hire. The form includes lists of documents employees may present to prove their employment eligibility. Failing to ask for these documents, or asking for more or other documents can result in significant fines, other sanctions and law suits. Learn more about completion and retention of I-9 forms.
What Is E-Verify?
E-Verify is an Internet-based system that helps employers quickly verify the employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of the Social Security Numbers provided. It is operated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration.
Currently, for most employers, enrollment in E-Verify is free and voluntary. However, enrollment is required under certain circumstances. Learn more about the E-Verify program.
To discuss your I-9 compliance and other employment-related immigration concerns, please contact an immigration lawyer in our Minnesota office.