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Your Workforce Compliance Partner

Undocumented workers secure jobs through fraudulent means such as presenting false documents, completing fraudulent benefit applications and stealing someone’s identity. To combat unlawful employment and reduce vulnerabilities that help illegal aliens gain such employment, ICE announced the Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program in July 2006. This program assists employers in targeted sectors develop a more secure and stable workforce. It also enhances fraudulent document awareness through education and training.

IMAGE Certification and Program

ICE has streamlined the IMAGE certification process. IMAGE now offers a formal membership certification program that focuses on exceptional employers that have the ability to effect change within their industry or region. These employers also serve as an example and role model in the business community while highlighting the importance and viability of immigration compliance. Program participants will be deemed IMAGE certified upon enrollment and completion of IMAGE membership requirements. Employer feedback on the IMAGE program and industry participation in IMAGE will serve to guide DHS in shaping future worksite enforcement policy.

By voluntarily participating in the IMAGE program, companies can reduce unauthorized employment and the use of fraudulent identity documents. As part of IMAGE, ICE and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will provide education and training on proper hiring procedures, fraudulent document detection and use of the E-Verify employment eligibility verification program. Members will also learn about the importance of avoiding discrimination in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act’s anti-discrimination provision § 274B.8 U.S.C. § 1324b.

Employers seeking certification in IMAGE must agree to:

  • Complete the IMAGE Self-Assessment Questionnaire (Application)
  • Enroll in the E-Verify program within 60 days
  • Establish a written hiring and employment eligibility verification policy that includes an internal Form I-9 audit at least once a year
  • Submit to a Form I-9 Inspection
  • Review and sign an official IMAGE partnership agreement with ICE

Upon enrollment and commitment to DHS' best employment practices, program participants will be deemed "IMAGE Certified" – a distinction DHS believes will become an industry standard. The results of the IMAGE program will guide DHS in shaping future worksite enforcement policy and legislation.

IMAGE members are required to participate in E-Verify, an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility. For more information about the Form I-9 visit I-9 Central, a website dedicated to making guidance more accessible and user-friendly. The site provides employees and employers with one online location to keep them up to date with the information needed to properly complete Form I-9.

The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices enforces the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act § 274B, 8 U.S.C. § 1324b. This statute prohibits discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee that is based on an individual's national origin or citizenship status. The statute also prohibits discrimination during the employment eligibility verification (Form I-9 and E-Verify) process (document abuse), and retaliation or intimidation. For more information visit http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/osc/.

Trade associations can become "endorsee" partners by signing an endorsement agreement stating that they support and highly recommend the use of the IMAGE "Best Employment Practices" by their members. The above-mentioned process for business entities is not required for association partnerships.

For more information on the IMAGE program, please visit the IMAGE FAQ page. You may request additional information via the Information Request Form.

IMAGE Certification Benefits

  • Public recognition of the employer's IMAGE certification;
  • Avoidance of lawsuits and other legal actions resulting from unauthorized employment;
  • Brand name protection;
  • Fine mitigation;
  • A stable workforce;
  • No Form I-9 inspection for a minimum of two years; and
  • ICE provided training and guidance on proper hiring procedures and fraudulent document awareness

IMAGE Best Employment Practices

  • Use E-Verify, the DHS employment eligibility verification program, to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires.
  • Use the Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS) for wage reporting purposes. Make a good faith effort to correct and verify the names and Social Security numbers of the current workforce and work with employees to resolve any discrepancies.
  • Establish a written hiring and employment eligibility verification policy.
  • Establish an internal compliance and training program related to the hiring and employment verification process, including completion of Form I-9, how to detect fraudulent use of documents in the verification process, and how to use E-Verify and SSNVS.
  • Require the Form I-9 and E-Verify process to be conducted only by individuals who have received appropriate training and include a secondary review as part of each employee's verification to minimize the potential for a single individual to subvert the process.
  • Arrange for annual Form I-9 audits by an external auditing firm or a trained employee not otherwise involved in the Form I-9 process.
  • Establish a procedure to report to ICE credible information of suspected criminal misconduct in the employment eligibility verification process.
  • Ensure that contractors and/or subcontractors establish procedures to comply with employment eligibility verification requirements. Encourage contractors and/or subcontractors to incorporate IMAGE Best Practices and when practicable incorporate the use of E-Verify in subcontractor agreements.
  • Establish a protocol for responding to letters or other information received from federal and state government agencies indicating that there is a discrepancy between the agency's information and the information provided by the employer or employee (for example, "no match" letters received from the Social Security Administration) and provide employees with an opportunity to make a good faith effort to resolve the discrepancy when it is not due to employer error.
  • Establish a tip line mechanism (inbox, email, etc.) for employees to report activity relating to the employment of unauthorized workers, and a protocol for responding to credible employee tips.
  • Establish and maintain appropriate policies, practices and safeguards to ensure that authorized workers are not treated differently with respect to hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee or during the Form I-9, E-Verify or SSNVS processes because of citizenship status or national origin.
  • Maintain copies of any documents accepted as proof of identity and/or employment authorization for all new hires.

IMAGE Partners

The following businesses have signed agreements to go through the IMAGE certification process:

AC Square Inc.
Admirable Caregiving Services, LLC
Allied Logistics Corp.
American Engineering & Manufacturing Inc.
American Lawn Maintenance Inc.
Artic-kar Inc.
Atlas Advisors, LLC
Arcos Dorados Puerto Rico
ATG Transportation, LLC
Autogermana Inc.
B-Club Inc.
Banco Cooperativo de Puerto Rico
Barranquitas Auto Corp.
BBDO Puerto Rico
Blake's Lotaburger, LLC
Brodersen Enterprises of PR Inc.
C & E Industrial Services Inc.
C & K Paving Contractors Inc.
Cabrera Auto Group
Cabrera Grupo Automotriz, Corp.
Cabrera Hnos. Inc.
Caribe Federal Credit Union
Central Texas OB/GYN Associates, PLLC
CentraState Healthcare System
Cesar Castillo Inc.
Ciracet
City of Plano
Clare Rose Inc.
Club Babylon Inc. dba Brava
Coaster Co. of America Inc.
Colorado Boxed Beef Co.
Computer Distributors Inc.
Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito de Aguada
Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Centro Gubernamental Minillas
Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito del Colegio de Ingenieros y Agrimensores de Puerto Rico
Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito del Valenciano (Valencoop)
Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Hatillo
Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Naguabeña
Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Oriental
Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Saulo D. Rodriguez ("Gura-Coop")
Corporacion Servicios Ama de Llaves Inc.
Di Vino Wine & Tapas Inc. Ecotex- Healthcare Laundry Services, LLC
Edge Hospitality Inc.
El Meson Sandwiches
Eleven Eleven Corporation
Employers Pro Advantage dba Not Just Payroll
Empire Gas Company Inc.
Empresas de Gas Co Inc.
Encanto Restaurants Inc.
Envision Innovative Solutions Inc.
Eternal Lobby Lounge Inc.
Fast Food Management Inc.
Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold
G4S Secure Solutions (Puerto Rico) Inc.
Ganaderias del Sur, S.E.
Garaje Isla Verde, LLC
Gildan of Charleston Inc.
Golden Arch Development Corp.
Hacienda Santa Elena Inc.
Hormel Foods Corporation
Howroyd Wright Employment Agency Inc. dba AppleOne Employment Services
Hyatt
IVAR's Inc.
Jack in the Box
JBS USA Holdings Inc.
JMB Food Inc. dba El Mesón de la Roosevelt
John Moriarty & Associates of Florida Inc.
KV Holdings
Lexmark
Marpor Corporation
Matsuda's of Sacramento
MCain Inc.
Mendez & Co. Inc.
Meso Express
Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Caribbean Inc.
Motorambar
Mountain States/Rosen, LLC
Mulligan Security Corp.
Municipio Aut&oactue;nomo de Cidra
Neutronics Enterprises Inc.
Oasis Management Systems Inc.
One Corps Inc.
OOF! Inc.
Orbis Operations
packIQ, LLC
Parkwood Landscaping Maintenance Inc.
Perry Ellis International Inc.
Plaza del Caribe Inc.
Plaza Las Americas Inc.
PREFCO Distribution, LLC
Professional Personnel Service Inc. D/B/A AtWork Personnel Services
Progressive Services, Inc. dba Progressive Roofing
Propak Logistics Inc.
Publix Super Markets Inc.
QSR Champs Inc.
Ranger American of Puerto Rico
Restaurant Acquisition, LLC
RF Llanos Inc.
Rockin Baja Lobster Group
Rooms To Go PR Inc.
San Jorge Children's Hospital
Sanmina-SCI Corporation
Santa Rosa County School District
SIG Sauer Inc.
Soft & Creamy Inc.
Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative
Stryker Corp.
Superior Paving Corp.
Superior Trucking Corp.
Supermercados Maximo Inc.
Talladega SS, LLC
Tecno Gas Inc.
Texas Biomedical Research Institute
The Bureau of Employment History
The Good Business Corp.
The Great Fish Company, L.L.C.
The Rose Club Corp.
The Step2 Company, LLC
Titania Solutions Group Inc.
Toledo & Co. Inc.
Toyota de Puerto Rico Corp.
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America
Tri-Union Seafoods, LLC dba Chicken of the Sea International
Universal Aerospace Co.
V. Suarez & Co. Inc.
Valley Services Inc.
Western Meat Processors
Worldnet Telecommunications Inc.
Wright Construction Services Inc.
Wrightstown Construction, Restoration & Renovation, LLC

IMAGE Charter Members

A-1 Fire Protection
Able Patrol & Guard
Academia Management Corporation dba Academia Language School
Accel Employment Service
ACCU Staffing Group
AccuWest Pacific, LLC
Adoresoft Corporation
Aetna Fire Alarm Service Co. Inc.
All American Brothers Co, LLC
Aluminum Precision Products Inc.
American Defense Systems Inc.
Apartment Rehabilitation Corporation
Atlanta Northside Aviation Inc.
Atlas Pallet Company
Avant Healthcare Professionals
Bacardi Corporation
Bates Trucking and Trash Removal Inc.
Betz Concrete Inc.
B&J Incorporated
BMI Defense Systems
Body Beautiful Car Wash Inc.
CBN Building Maintenance Inc.
Chatter Box
CHEP USA
City of Palmdale
Colcon Corporation
Colorado Structures Inc.
Con-Real Support Group, LP dba Con-Real, LP
Cutrale Citrus Juices USA Inc.
DDH/MRK Inc dba C&J Trucking Company
Digna Corporation
DJ Manufacturing Corp.
Eagle Group International, LLC.
El Conquistador Golf Resort & Casino
Employee Relations Inc.
Employment Verification Resources Inc.
Expresas Fonalledas Inc.
First Credit Union
First Montgomery Group
Fluid Components International, LLC
Fogel-Anderson Construction Company
Fondo para el Fomento de la Industria Lechera
General Dynamics
Group Builders Inc.
The Hagen Group Inc., dba Express Employment Professionals of Mt. Vernon
Hawaiian Host Candies of LA Inc.
Hawaiian Host Inc.
Hernando County Board of County Commissioners
Hillsborough County – Board of County Commissioners
Hire Standards, LLC
Hitch Enterprises Inc.
HR Ideas, LLC
Industria Lechera De Pr Inc. (INDULAC)
Interstate Worldwide Relocation Services
J.A. Marquez, D.D.S., P.A.
Jobe Materials, L.P.
KE&G Construction Inc.
Law Offices of Ada Cordero-Sacks
Little Lady Foods Inc.
L.K. Jordan & Associates
Long's Personnel Services Inc.
Mission Chevrolet Ltd.
Naples Hospitality, LP dba Hilton Naples
National Life Insurance Company
Northern Services Inc., dba Express Employment Professionals of Bellingham
Omaha Steaks International Inc.
Pacific Propeller International, LLC
Pacific Rim Mechanical
Pan Pepin
Pasco County Board of County Commissioners
Porter Industries Inc.
Portnoy, Messinger, Pearl and Associates Inc.
Puerto Rico Freight Systems Inc.
Pulice Construction Inc.
Rana Subway, LLC
Regalmark Inc.
Roadway Electric, LLC
Roy Anderson Corp.
Ryt-Way Industries, LLC
Saints Medical Center
San Diego Flight Training International
Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority
Scott Electric Company Inc.
Silver Reef Hotel Casino Spa
Southwest Staffing Inc.
Staff Management
Starbucks Coffee Puerto Rico, LLC
StormTrap, LLC
Sundt Construction
Swedish Medical Center and Swedish/Edmonds
Swissport Cargo Services, L.P. (Los Angeles International Airport)
SynQ Solutions Inc.
Systems Painters and Drywall
Tampa Electric Company
TASER International Inc.
TECO Energy Inc.
Teleworld Staffing Services Inc.
The Loyalty Management Group
The Odom Corporation
The Sindall Group
The Tampa Banking Company
Thesis Painting Inc.
TPI Staffing Inc.
TrueBlue Inc.
Twin City Foods
Tyson Foods Inc.
Unicel Corporation
United Communities
Utility Concrete Products, LLC
Vaqueria Tres Monitas Inc.
Viscount Properties II, dba Hoy Fox Toyota
West Liberty Foods, LLC
Westwood Contractors Inc.
Whitman Global Carpet and Floor Care
Whitney Originals Inc.
Wisdom Resources Inc. dba Snelling Staffing Services
Zaim Law Firm

IMAGE Endorsee Members

Georgia Police Accreditation Coalition Inc. (GPAC)
Global Economic & Workforce Development Coalition
National Association of Foreign Trade Zones
New Jersey State League of Municipalities

IMAGE Certified Members

5-D Systems Inc.
13 Coins Acquisition, LLC
Able Patrol and Guard
Acorn Uniforms, LLC
Addison Health Systems Inc.
Advanced Roofing Inc.
Agate Steel Inc.
Alaska Marine Lines Inc.
Alderbrook Resort and Spa
Aldridge Inc.
Allegiance Staffing
Allen's Blueberry Freezer Inc.
Alyeska Resort Management Company
AM&G Waterproofing, LLC
Andersen Bjornstad Kane Jacobs Inc.
Arizona Federal Credit Union
Arizona Labor Force Inc.
Ascent Aviation Services Corporation
Aspen Skiing Company, LLC
Audax Enterprise Inc. DBA Merry Maids Southtowns NY
Avery Biomedical Devices Inc.
Badia Spices Inc.
Banaszak Concrete Corporation
Belle Plaine Nursery Inc.
Bellingham Marine Industries Inc.
Berg Electric Corporation
Bernardo Heights Golf and Country Club
Best Western International
Black Creek Integrated Systems Corp.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth Inc.
Buddy's Kitchen Inc.
CABLExpress Corporation dba CXtec
The Campbell Group, LLC
Careerxchange Inc.
Carescape Inc.
Carolina Value Village Inc.
Casablanca Fish Market Inc.
Cask, LLC
Chapman Construction Co., L.P.
ChemResearch Co. Inc.
Chick-fil-A Inc.
Chicken of the Sea International
Citrus County Board of County Commissioners
City of Acworth, Georgia
City of Escondido
City of Lewisville
City of Sachse
City of Whitefish
Clampitt Paper Co. of Dallas LTD
Classic Site Solutions Inc.
Cliff Berry (CBI) Inc.
Cloverleaf Cold Storage Co.
COA Inc.
Cobb County Government (Cobb County, GA)
Confer Plastics Inc.
Costco Wholesale Inc.
Cox Manufacturing Co.
Cressy Door Company Inc.
CVI.CHE 105 Inc. dba CVI.CHE 105
Dakota Turkey Growers, LLC dba Dakota Provisions
DCD Construction Inc.
Decon Environmental and Engineering Inc.
Demis Products
Dunlap Towing Company
EKS Group, LLC
ELEVA Solutions Inc.
Ellanef Manufacturing Corporation
Evans Custom Concrete, LLC
Factoria Keg Steakhouse and Bar
Fairytale Brownies Inc.
Flippo Construction Company Inc.
Florida Potato & Onion, LLC
Fluidmaster Inc.
FM Solutions Inc.
Fox Transportation Incorporated
Fresh Mark Inc.
GAC Chemical Corporation
Gage Brothers Concrete Products
Geriatric Authority of Milford dba Countryside Health Care of Milford
Gildan Activewear (Edan)
G.L. Wilson Building Company
Grand History, LLC
Gravity-Ratterman, LLC
Health Services Advisory Group Inc.
Healthworks – WNY, LLC
Highland Engineering Inc.
Hy-lite Mirror & Glass
Iowa Cold Storage, LLC
J.A. Fielden Co. Inc.
J. Crew Group Inc.
Jeffrey C. Stone Inc. (dba Summit Builders)
JEM Sportswear Inc.
Kearney Electric Inc.
Kelly Services Inc.
Kent Quality Foods Inc.
Lakhani Enterprises dba Regency Cleaners
Latino Enterprises Inc. (dba La Chiquita Tortilla Manufacturer)
Lewis and Clark County
Lincoln Moving & Storage Co. Inc.
Linden Heights Animal Hospital
Lines & Lundgreen Roofing and Insulation Inc.
Lowell Housing Authority
Lucky Dog Equipment Inn., dba Pet Pros
M2 Consulting Inc.
Management Recruiters of Portland, LLC
Marty Inc. D/B/A AtWork Personnel Services
Meridian Manufacturing Group Inc.
Miami Dade College
Michigan Turkey Producers, LLC
microMEDIA Imaging Systems Inc.
Mighty Taco Inc.
Modumetal Inc.
MRM Holdings, LLC/dba Drake Materials
New ABC, LLC dba Alaska Boat Company
Nichols School
Nico Products Inc.
Northland Associates Inc.
NOSHOK Inc.
Olympic Water & Sewer Inc.
Pacific Properties Services
Paulson Manufacturing Corporation
Pelican Bay LTD Inc.
Pete King Construction Company
Pine Ridge Farms, LLC
Port Ludlow Associates, LLC
Port Ludlow Real Estate Inc.
QPS Inc.
Quality Pork Processors Inc.
Radiac Abrasives Inc.
Ramcon, LLC
Resirkulere USA Inc.
Rich Meier's Landscaping Inc.
Rizzo Environmental Services Inc.
R.M. Kerner Co.
Roberts Tire Sales Inc.
Rossin Steel Inc.
San Diego Media Inc.
Sargento Foods Inc.
Scammell Constructors Inc.
SeaBotix Inc.
Seattle Children's Hospital
S.E.B. Enterprises Inc., dba Custom Protective Services
Securus Technologies Inc.
Snohomish County Public Transportation Benefit Area
     Corporation dba COMMUNITY TRANSIT
Steve Julius Construction Inc.
Striking Results Inc.
Sundial Services Corporation dba Sundial Plumbing Services
Symcoat Metal Processing Inc.
System Dynamics International Inc.
The New Peanut Farm
The Grand Colonial/NINE-TEN
Tiffany Construction Company
Town of Milford, Massachusetts
Treco Enterprises Inc.
Trident Environment Group, LLC
Triman Industries Inc.
Trinity Forge Inc.
Ultra Aluminum Mfg. Inc.
United Lawnscape Inc.
United Pacific Forest Products Inc.
United States Marine Inc.
Universal Display & Fixtures Company
Universal Electronic Alarms Inc.
USAeroGroup Inc.
Visual Awareness Technologies & Consulting Inc.
VT Halter Marine Inc.
W. Frank Newton dba WFN Consulting
W. Garnett & Associates
WD-40 Company
Wildflour Gluten-Free Baking Co.
Willbros T & D Services, LLC
Witkiewicz Enterprises Inc., dba Comfort Keepers
World Emblem International Inc.
Xcel Energy dba Northern States Power – Minnesota
Yamaha Motor Manufacturing