Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the policing division of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), has announced a 10-day window for employers to correct minor errors found on audited I-9 forms.
ICE is currently on a nationwide sweep to check employer maintenance of the I-9 form, which is used to verify employees’ authorization to work in the United States.
Minor, or technical, errors (also called “paperwork errors”) usually refer to the absence of a home address or birthdate on the form. Such errors are to be corrected in 10 days to avoid any further difficulties, fines or adverse action.
Substantive errors, on the other hand, which are those involving core data such as citizenship status or even the employee’s signature, are subject to significant penalties.
The USCIS form I-9 must be completed for each employee upon starting work and must be maintained for three years or one year after the employee has left his or her job, whichever comes later.