The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced significant increases in fines for immigration-related paperwork violations, in an interim final rule slated to take effect this fall. Harsher financial penalties come as part of the federal government’s recently-expanded efforts to ensure that employers comply with strict verification, recordkeeping, and document retention requirements, with regard to the

The Justice Department’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices issued a new technical assistance letter, posted to their website Jan. 13, which updates a letter issued last October regarding internal audits of I-9 employment eligibility verification forms.

The updated letter maintains the OSC’s advice that any internal audit should be conducted

Jeremey Foster writes:

In a recent case, a Washington state apple orchard was fined millions of dollars for failing an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) audit. The audit apparently revealed that almost 950 employees of the company were suspected of not being authorized to work in the United States. The Employment Eligibility Verification forms (Form

In November, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced an enhancement to the E-Verify program that will help combat identity fraud by identifying and deterring fraudulent use of Social Security numbers (SSNs) for employment eligibility verification.

According to USCIS, this enhancement provides a critical safeguard to the E-Verify system by detecting and

This is the first of a series of blogs in which will report on recent trends at The Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), the agency responsible for reviewing and making final determinations on Immigration Customs and Enforcement’s (ICE’s) penalty assessments from I-9 inspections.  We will provide information on a selection of newly