How To Avoid A Costly I-9 Audit (And Fines) From ICE

I-9 Form Training Is Important For All Businesses. Sizeable fines can result from simple errors when dealing with I-9 forms with penalties ranging from $110 to $1,100 per violation. In addition, civil penalties from the hiring of unauthorized workers range from $375 to $3,200 per violation, for first time violations. Fine are directly based on the following factors:

  • Efforts to comply with ICE.

  • History of previous violations.

  • Seriousness of the violation(s).

  • Size of the business(s).

  • If it was the violation from unauthorized employees.

Mistakes That Can Cost Your Business Massive Fines From ICE.

  • Redoing all the I-9s and then throwing away the originals (and corresponding documents).

  • Not checking information in section 1 against copies of documents recorded in Section 2.

  • Making changes to forms I-9 without initializing and dating the forms.

  • Backdating information as to make them appear completed properly.


E-Verify is a voluntary and free online system that allows an employer to take the data completed on the I-9, and run it through the E-Verify system. Highlights are:

  • The system checks the information provided on the I-9 to ensure the employees work authorization eligibility matches the databases maintained by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA).

  • E-Verify does not confirm that the documents presented reasonably appear to resemble the employee - that remains the responsibility of the employer

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