E-Verify undergoes an early ‘spring cleaning’ each year when USCIS disposes of E-Verify records more than 10 years old. E-Verify users who have been using the online employment verification system for 10 years or more should take action as soon as possible. USCIS has announced that employers have until February 28, 2018 to download a Historic Records Report in E-Verify which contains information such as company name and location, initiated date and verification case number, employee name and date of initial resolution, date of additional resolution and final status, and case closure information. If an employer is unsure of which records they are required to keep, seeking legal counsel is recommended.
Additionally, given recent rhetoric and the current political climate surrounding immigration and employment matters, it is a good time to conduct an internal I-9 audit and review E-Verify records to ensure your business is compliant.
In October 2017, Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director stated that ICE audits would likely increase five-fold in 2018, resulting in more prosecutions and likely higher fines for employers. The best way to minimize worksite enforcement problems is by assessing your company’s compliance and taking proactive measures now.
McNair’s immigration team counsels employers and foreign nationals on a variety of issues including permanent residency interviews. If you need assistance with interviews or have other immigration-related issues, contact Melissa Azallion (MAzallion@mcnair.net) or Jonathan Eggert (JEggert@mcnair.net) from McNair’s immigration team at (843) 785-2171.