Tag Archives: ICE

ICE Announces Three-Prong Workplace Enforcement Strategy

On January 10, 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a statement detailing a new, comprehensive worksite enforcement strategy that incorporates: (i) increased Form I-9 audits; (ii) more unannounced worksite raids; and (iii) promotion of an undersubscribed, voluntary compliance program created in 2006 known as IMAGE [ICE Mutual Agreement and Employers program].  The ICE statement … Continue reading this entry

Buyer Beware: I-9 Compliance in Mergers and Acquisitions

With a new tax law and a booming American economy, mergers and acquisitions will occur at a busy pace in 2018.  In a prior post, we explained some of the employment authorization issues that may arise in such corporate transactions.  Here, we discuss another important issue that arises in mergers and acquisitions:  Form I-9 compliance.  … Continue reading this entry

DHS Extends Time Period for STEM OPT Employment Authorization

As of May 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expanded the time period during which a foreign student with a degree from a U.S. university in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field may work as a trainee. American companies sometimes struggle to fill specialty jobs requiring STEM degrees, and foreign students … Continue reading this entry

High Fines Continue to Provide “Additional Motivation” for I-9 Compliance

Although Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has recently eased off of its record pace for commencing new I-9 inspections, employers can take no comfort. ICE continues to use these inspections as a key enforcement tool to build a “culture of compliance” among employers, as shown by a recent decision issued by an administrative law judge (ALJ) … Continue reading this entry