The task of the Department of Homeland Security's fraud unit is to gather the facts necessary to determine whether anyone has committed fraud while attempting to obtain immigration benefits. H-1B employers who fit a particular profile run a high risk for a visit from the unit, whose findings may lead to immigration benefits denial, I-9 audits, criminal investigation and potentially even civil and criminal penalties.
The public got a glimpse of the beginning of employer-focused enforcement when Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued an unprecedented 652 I-9 audit notices on one day this summer. That's more than the total number of audit notices issued in the previous year. Here are steps employers should take to ensure they are in compliance—just in case ICE pays a visit.