In recent years, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ramped up inspections at companies across the country. If your company receives a Notice of Inspection (NOI), you want to be confident that all of your immigration records and documentation is in order and that your employees and hiring practices are in full compliance with immigration laws. If ICE decides that you violated E-Verify procedures, your company can face hefty penalties and your employees could face deportation proceedings.

An E-Verify audit should be adapted to your own company’s practices, but should generally review and inspect the following:

  • Is each E-Verify user trained properly?
  • Do you have required posters in English and Spanish?
  • Do you properly terminate user access when necessary?
  • Do you complete an I-9 before starting an E-Verify case?
  • Do create E-Verify cases within three business days of when a newly hired employee begins work?
  • Does your system properly safeguard all personal information of employees?
  • Do you keep all records of the employee’s matched photo?
  • Do you review the TNC notice and the referral letter with the employee, sign it together, and keep it on file?
  • Do you check for case resolution and properly close cases in the system?
  • Do you terminate employees upon a TNC or hire employees without an E-Verify resolution?

After reviewing all of your procedures, always be honest about any issues in your system and address them in a timely manner. An experienced attorney can assist you in the audit process, as well as make necessary adjustments in training and procedures.

To prevent unnecessary immigration issues with your business or your employees, it is important for companies to conduct E-Verify audits on their own at regular intervals. At Farmer, Farmer & Brown Law Firm, P.L.L.C. our immigration attorneys assist employers with this process and more. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.