Quick: Could you put your hands on all the necessary records if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials announced they were about to audit your I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification files? The answer better be yes!
It’s more likely than ever that you will receive an ICE Notice of Intent to Audit (NOI).
In fiscal year 2013, ICE inspected the I-9s of 3,127 employers. That’s a five-fold enforcement increase in just five years. The total fines generated by federal I-9 audits have grown from just $1 million in 2009 to more than $15 million last year.
The audit process starts when an ICE agent serves an NOI. In addition to I-9 documentation, the NOI typically requests other information, including lists of all current and former employees andrecords.
You won’t have much time to respond to a NOI—usually three business days.
What happens in an audit
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