Why would an I-9 be denied?
Employers do not enter the approved documentation on the I-9 form. Employers fail to sign the Certification. Employers fail to enter the specific document number, expiration date, issuer, or title on the I-9 form. Employers do not enter the initial date of employment.
The range of possible penalties is regularly increased and now stands at: For 1-9 paperwork violations in 2022, the penalties range from $252 to $2,507 for the first offense for substantive violations or uncorrected technical errors. The range is $1,161 to $2,322 for second and subsequent paperwork offenses.
To correct multiple, recording errors on the form, you may redo the section on a new Form I-9 and attach it to the old form. A new Form I-9 can also be completed if major errors (such as entire sections being left blank or Section 2 being completed based on unacceptable documents) need to be corrected.
- ID card issued by federal, state or local government agencies or entities, provided it contains a photograph or information such as name, date of birth, gender, height, eye color and address.
- School ID card with a photograph.
- Voter registration card.
- U.S.military card or draft record.
An I-9 audit can be triggered for a number of reasons, including random samples and reporting by disgruntled employees (or ex-employees). Certain business sectors, for example food production, are especially susceptible to I-9 audits, and "silent raids" by ICE.
All U.S. employers must properly complete Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States. This includes citizens and noncitizens. Both employees and employers (or authorized representatives of the employer) must complete the form.
Employers are required to reverify an employee's documentation only when the employee's employment authorization document (EAD) or receipt has expired. Reverification should occur no later than the actual expiration date of the work authorization.
Normally, upon a successful background check, the onboarding process begins. This typically includes new hire paperwork, acknowledgment of company policies, and for the new hire to complete the Employment Eligibility Verification form commonly known as the Form I-9.
Civil penalties of up to $10,000.
An employee who violates the new E-Verify law may face a civil penalty of up to $10,000 for each violation. “Each unlawful use of the E-Verify system on an employee or applicant constitutes a separate violation.”
Among the reasons the U.S. government might deny an immigrant visa or green card are its own error (or yours, in completing the paperwork), concern that you are a security risk, inadmissibility for health or criminal reasons, a finding that you are likely to become reliant on government assistance, and more.
What happens if USCIS denied my application?
If USCIS rejects your application for adjustment of status, and you don't have a valid, unexpired right to be in the United States (most likely under a visa), USCIS will send you into immigration court (removal) proceedings. There, you will have the "opportunity" to have an immigration judge hear your case.
How long does the E-Verify process take? For most employees, the process will take less than one business day to complete, once the I-9 form has been sent to Simplei9.com.