Attorneys For I-9 Legal Solutions

Based in North Carolina, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm offers a variety of I-9 services to national and international companies that seek guidance on work site compliance matters and other legal requirements related to verifying the employment eligibility of a workforce.

Our work site compliance team navigates complex and ever-changing I-9 requirements and the intricacies of the E-Verify system. Our lawyers can assist by reviewing your company's process for I-9 maintenance. We can advise on how to implement E-Verify, and we will help your professionals understand which documents to look for and when to ask additional questions.

Employers Must Be Prepared For Work Site Audits

Immigration attorneys have an obligation to try to ensure that their clients are fully prepared and in compliance with our nation's immigration laws. At Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm, this means we work hard to make sure our employer clients are ready for enforcement investigations and actions, which are on the rise under the current administration.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is conducting work site visits of U.S. employers with foreign workers participating in the H-1B and L-1 temporary visa programs. The USCIS's Division of Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) employs site investigators to confirm the accuracy of information submitted by employers in connection with H-1B and L-1 visa petitions. The investigators and visits are funded by a $500 fraud fee that petitioning employers submit with the initial petition on behalf of an H-1B or L-1 worker.

Although the instructions on the petition form place employers on notice of the possibility of such work site visits, most employers likely overlook the USCIS's right to verify any information submitted to establish eligibility for an immigration benefit at any time. It is within the USCIS's purview to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and authorities, before or after a decision is rendered on a petition. The USCIS utilizes a variety of methods in ensuring compliance, including:

  • Review of public records and information
  • Written correspondence
  • The Internet
  • Facsimile or other electronic transmissions
  • Telephone
  • Unannounced physical site inspections of residences and places of employment
  • Interviews

In addition to the enforcement audits and visits conducted by the USCIS, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) also has initiated audits of employer I-9 records nationwide.

Contact Us

For detailed information about what to expect at and how to respond to a site visit, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with a board-certified immigration law attorney at Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm. Call our Charlotte office at 704-442-8000, or contact us by email.