EVERY employer has immigration-related compliance obligations.
Enforcement against employers has dramatically increased in recent years.
Enforcement has increased for violations associated with the H-1B visa program.
A Form I-9 Notice of Inspection (“NOI”) is not a “friendly audit” or “client review” – ICE considers the NOI an important tool in its enforcement strategy and employers should handle an NOI with the appropriate caution.
The following industries are high on ICE’s priority list for inspection: (a) critical infrastructure, (b) heavy manufacturing, (c) chemical plants, (d) defense contracting, (e) transportation, (f) janitorial, (g) food, (h) construction, (i) agriculture, (j) hospitality, (k)companies with large numbers of low skilled workers, and (l) companies that are potential targets for terrorist activity.