Today, among other things, I filled out U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.
The form verifies an employee’s identity and proves that they are eligible to work in the United States. The requirement to prove eligibility was established in 1986. This is at least the sixth time I’ve completed Form I-9.
These forms, as I understand it, are not submitted to the government, but, rather, are retained by the employer for all current employees and for a defined period of time after the employment ends.
There are a lot of illegal immigrants in the United States and most wouldn’t be able to stay without employment income. None would have legitimate documents required to prove eligibility for employment.
Employers can be fined by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the following immigration law violations: 1
- Employing workers who are not authorized to work in the USA.
- Not having I-9 Employment Verification Forms done for each employee.
- Having improperly filled out I-9 forms.
- Not verifying employment authorization within the time limits of the law.
- Ignoring Social Security Mismatch letters.
- Discriminating against employment authorized foreigners.
- Requiring specific documents for verification purposes.
- Not accepting documents presented by employees listed on the I-9 form.
- Hiring independent contractors to circumvent Immigration Law.
- Not cooperating with US government officials during an audit and/or a raid.