Form I-9 Inspection Process 2023

Steps involved in the Form I-9 inspection process:

  1. Initiation: Notice of Inspection (NOI) is served to employers, compelling the production of Forms I-9. 
  2. Deadline: Employers are given at least three business days to produce I-9 forms and supporting documentation (e.g., payroll, employee list, Articles of Incorporation, business licenses). 
  3. Inspection: ICE agents/auditors assess Forms I-9 for compliance. 
  4. Corrections: Employers are granted ten business days to rectify technical/procedural violations under INA §274A(b)(6)(B) (8 U.S.C. § 1324a(b)(6)(B)). 
  5. Penalties: Fines are imposed for substantive and uncorrected technical violations. 
  6. Cease Unlawful Activity: Employers knowingly hiring unauthorized workers must stop the activity, may face fines, and could be criminally prosecuted. 
  7. Debarment: Employers hiring unauthorized workers risk are debarred by ICE from future federal contracts and government benefits. 
  8. Monetary Penalties: Fines range from $375 to $16,000 per violation for knowingly hiring unauthorized workers; $110 to $1,100 per violation for failing to produce a Form I-9. 
  9. Penalty Factors: ICE considers business size, good faith effort, violation severity, involvement of unauthorized workers, and history of previous violations when determining penalties. 

Source: ICE- Form I-9 Inspection

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