Your Workforce Compliance Partner
Undocumented noncitizens 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 undocumented noncitizens gain such employment, ICE announced the Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program in July 2006. This program assists employers to develop a more secure and stable workforce. It also enhances fraudulent document awareness through education and training.
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 labor exploitation 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 labor exploitation 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 Department of Justice Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER), 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 see "How Employers Can Avoid Discrimination in the Form I-9 and E-Verify Processes".
Trade Association Certification
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.
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;
- A stable workforce;
- No Form I-9 inspection for a minimum of four 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.
Partners & Members
The following businesses have signed agreements to go through the IMAGE certification process:
5th Avenue Wali Inc.
A+ Technology & Security Solutions Inc.
AC Square Inc.
Allied Logistics Corp.
American Engineering & Manufacturing Inc.
American Lawn Maintenance Inc.
Anchor Sandblasting and Coatings, LLC.
Atlas Advisors, LLC
Arcos Dorados Puerto Rico
ASI Hastings Inc.
Baja Lobster Group of Newport Beach Inc.
Baja Lobster Group of Old Town Inc.
Banco Cooperativo de Puerto Rico
Barranquitas Auto Corp.
BBDO Puerto Rico
Blake's Lotaburger, LLC
Brick Mountain Warehouse Corp.
Brodersen Enterprises of PR Inc.
The Bureau of Employment History
C & E Industrial Services Inc.
Cabrera Auto Group
Cabrera Grupo Automotriz, Corp.
Cabrera Hnos. Inc.
Camellia Home Health and Hospice
Camellia Home Health of Alabama, LLC
Camellia Home Health of East Tennessee, LLC
Camellia Home Health of the Gulf Coast, LLC
Camellia Hospice of Central Mississippi, LLC
Camellia Hospice of East Louisiana, LLC
Camellia Hospice of Louisiana, LLC
Camellia Hospice of North Mississippi, LLC
Camellia Hospice of Northeast Alabama, LLC
Camellia Hospice of Northeast Mississippi, LLC
Camellia Hospice of Southwest Mississippi, LLC
Camellia Pharmacy Services, LLC
Caribe Federal Credit Union
Central Texas OB/GYN Associates, PLLC
Century Country Club
Cesar Castillo Inc.
CHEP Services, LLC.
Chestnut Ridge Transportation Inc.
City of Flowery Branch
Club Babylon Inc. dba Brava
Coaster Co. of America Inc.
Communications Electronics Inc.
Computer Distributors Inc.
Comtech EF Data Corporation
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.
Cubic Transportation Systems Inc.
D&B Temporary Staffing Services Inc.
Dewey Services Inc. dba Dewey Pest Control
DFS Group, L.P.
Di Vino Wine & Tapas Inc. Ecotex- Healthcare Laundry Services, LLC
Doyle Security Services Inc.
Edge Hospitality Inc.
Educational Bus Inc.
Educational Bus Transportation Inc.
Edwards Electric Service
El Meson Sandwiches
Eleven Eleven Corporation
Elster Solutions, LLC
Employers Pro Advantage dba Not Just Payroll
Empire Gas Company Inc.
Empower RF Systems Inc.
Empresas de Gas Co Inc.
Encanto Restaurants Inc.
Eternal Lobby Lounge Inc.
Fast Food Management Inc.
Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold
FYN Management Inc.
G4S Secure Solutions (Puerto Rico) Inc.
Ganaderias del Sur, S.E.
Garaje Isla Verde, LLC
Gaslamp Baja Lobster Group
Gildan of Charleston Inc.
GKI Foods LLC
Golden Arch Development Corp.
The Good Business Corp.
GPI Geospatial Inc.
GPI Laboratories Inc.
Gulf Marine Repair Corporation
Hacienda Santa Elena Inc.
HBF Tampa Partners
Hendry Marine Industries Inc.
Hojeij Branded Foods, LLC
Hojeij Branded Foods (Detroit)
Hojeij Branded Food (Tampa)
Home Care Choices Inc. DBA Right at Home, Eastern Worcester County
Home Health Agency of Georgia, LLC
Home Health Care of Bogalusa Inc.
Home Health Care Systems
Homestead Concrete and Drainage
Hormel Foods Corporation
Hospice Care of Mississippi, LLC
Hospice de la LUZ
Howroyd Wright Employment Agency Inc. dba AppleOne Employment Services
Integrated Senior Healthcare
Jack in the Box
JBS USA Holdings Inc.
JMB Food Inc. dba El Mesón de la Roosevelt
Keller & Kirkpatrick Inc.
Matsuda's of Sacramento
Mendez & Co. Inc.
Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Caribbean Inc.
Modular Devices Inc.
Mountain States/Rosen, LLC
Municipio Autónomo de Cidra
Oceanside Baja Lobster Group Inc.
One Corps Inc.
Panhandle Telecommunications Systems Inc.
Panhandle Telephone Cooperative Inc.
Pappa Yolks Grill
Parkwood Landscaping Maintenance Inc.
Perry Ellis International Inc.
Piping Rock Club
Plaza del Caribe Inc.
Plaza Las Americas Inc.
Port Staffing Inc.
Process Equipment Manufacturing Company
Professional Personnel Service Inc. D/B/A AtWork Personnel Services
Progressive Services Inc. dba Progressive Roofing
Propak Logistics Inc.
Putnam Precision Products Inc.
QSR Champs Inc.
Ranger American of Puerto Rico
Reinauer Transportation Companies, LLC
Reservoir International, LLC
Restaurant Acquisition, LLC
Retreat at Home
The Retreat Healthcare
The Rose Club Corp.
RF Llanos Inc.
Rooms To Go PR Inc.
Samson Merger Subs, LLC
San Jorge Children's Hospital
SIG Sauer Inc.
Sioux City Foundry
Simmons Farm Raised Catfish Inc.
Simpson Unlimited Inc.
Soft & Creamy Inc.
Sta-Home Health Agency of Carthage Inc.
Sta-Home Health Agency of Greenwood Inc.
Sta-Home Health Agency of Jackson Inc.
Sta-Home Health and Hospice Inc.
Sta-Home Hospice of Mississippi Inc.
The Step2 Company, LLC
Strategic Security Company
Student Xpress of the Hudson Valley
SUMCO Phoenix Corporation
Sunkist Bakery, LLC.
Sun-Star Electric Inc.
Superior Asphalt Corp.
Superior Paving Corp.
Superior Trucking Corp.
Supermercados Maximo Inc.
Tampa Marine Terminals, LLC.
Tecno Gas Inc.
Texas Biomedical Research Institute
Toledo & Co. Inc.
Toyota de Puerto Rico Corp.
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America
The Trans Group, LLC
Tri-Union Seafoods, LLC dba Chicken of the Sea International
TRUNO Retail Technology Solutions
Underwater Engineering Services Inc.
Universal Environmental Solutions, LLC.
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
UpTime Electric Company Inc.
V. Suarez & Co. Inc.
West Mississippi Home Health Services Inc.
WestAir Gases & Equipment Inc.
Western Meat Processors
WG Yates & Sons Construction
Winn-Dixie Logistics, LLC
Winn-Dixie Montgomery, LLC
Winn-Dixie Raleigh, LLC
Winn-Dixie Spirits, LLC
Winn-Dixie Stores, LLC.
Winn-Dixie Supermarkets, LLC
Worldnet Telecommunications Inc.
Wrightstown Construction, Restoration & Renovation, LLC
YN 1 Inc.
A-1 Fire Protection
Able Patrol & Guard
Academia Management Corporation dba Academia Language School
Accel Employment Service
ACCU Staffing Group
AccuWest Pacific, LLC
Aetna Fire Alarm Service Co. Inc.
All American Brothers Co, LLC
Aluminum Precision Products Inc.
Apartment Rehabilitation Corporation
Atlanta Northside Aviation Inc.
Atlas Pallet Company
Avant Healthcare Professionals
Bates Trucking and Trash Removal Inc.
Betz Concrete Inc.
Big Y Foods
BMI Defense Systems
Body Beautiful Car Wash Inc.
CBN Building Maintenance Inc.
City of Palmdale
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
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
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.
The Loyalty Management Group
Mission Chevrolet Ltd.
National Life Insurance Company
Northern Services Inc., dba Express Employment Professionals of Bellingham
The Odom Corporation
Omaha Steaks International Inc.
Pacific Propeller International, LLC
Pacific Rim Mechanical
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
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
The Sindall Group
Southwest Staffing Inc.
Starbucks Coffee Puerto Rico, LLC
Swedish Medical Center and Swedish/Edmonds
Swissport Cargo Services, L.P. (Los Angeles International Airport)
SynQ Solutions Inc.
Systems Painters and Drywall
The Tampa Banking Company
Tampa Electric Company
TASER International Inc.
TECO Energy Inc.
Teleworld Staffing Services Inc.
Thesis Painting Inc.
TPI Staffing Inc.
Twin City Foods
Tyson Foods Inc.
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
Georgia Police Accreditation Coalition Inc. (GPAC)
Global Economic & Workforce Development Coalition
National Association of Foreign Trade Zones
New Jersey State League of Municipalities
5-D Systems Inc.
13 Coins Acquisition, LLC
Able Patrol and Guard
Absolut Facilities Management
Acorn Uniforms, LLC
ADEX Machining, LLC
Admirable Caregiving Services, LLC
Advanced Roofing Inc.
AFA Southeast Inc.
AFA Massachusetts Inc.
AFA Protective Systems Inc.
Agate Steel Inc.
Alaska Marine Lines Inc.
Alderbrook Resort and Spa
Allen's Blueberry Freezer Inc.
Alyeska Resort Management Company
AM&G Waterproofing, LLC
AMEL Technologies Inc.
Andersen Bjornstad Kane Jacobs Inc.
Applied DNA Sciences Inc.
Arctic Ice Inc.
Arizona Federal Credit Union
Arizona Labor Force Inc.
ASI Hastings Inc.
Ascent Aviation Services Corporation
Aspen Skiing Company, LLC
ATG Transportation, LLC
Audax Enterprise Inc. DBA Merry Maids Southtowns NY
Automatic Equipment Manufacturing/Blue Ox
Avani Technology Solutions
Avery Biomedical Devices Inc.
Badia Spices Inc.
Baked by the Sun
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.
BMM North America Inc./dba BMM Testlabs
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County Inc.
The Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company
Buddy's Kitchen Inc.
C & K Paving Contractors Inc.
CABLExpress Corporation dba CXtec
The Campbell Group, LLC
Carolina Value Village Inc.
Casablanca Fish Market Inc.
Central Broward Construction Inc.
CentraState Healthcare System
ChemResearch Co. Inc.
Chicken of the Sea International
Christian Care Centers Inc.
Citrus County Board of County Commissioners
City of Acworth, Georgia
City of Escondido
City of Greenville
City of Kingsley
City of Lewisville
City of Plano
City of Richardson
City of Sachse
City of Whitefish
Clampitt Paper Co. of Dallas LTD
Clare Rose Inc.
Classic Site Solutions Inc.
Cliff Berry (CBI) Inc.
Cobb County Government (Cobb County, GA)
Colorodo Boxed Beef Co.
Compass Workforce Solutions, LLC
Concho Valley Council of Governments
Confer Plastics Inc.
Costco Wholesale Inc.
Cox Manufacturing Co.
Cressy Door Company Inc.
CVI.CHE 105 Inc. dba CVI.CHE 105
Daicel Safety Systems America Arizona Inc.
Dakota Turkey Growers, LLC dba Dakota Provisions
DCD Construction Inc.
Decon Environmental and Engineering Inc.
Dragados USA Inc.
Dunlap Towing Company
EKS Group, LLC
ELEVA Solutions Inc.
Ellanef Manufacturing Corporation
Energy Products, LLC.
Envision Innovative Solutions Inc.
Epsilon Systems Solutions Inc.
Esprix Technologies, LP
Evans Custom Concrete, LLC
Event Services America Inc.
Factoria Keg Steakhouse and Bar
Fairytale Brownies Inc.
Flippo Construction Company Inc.
Florida Potato & Onion, LLC
FM Solutions Inc.
Fox Transportation Incorporated
Fresh Mark Inc.
Gabriel Inc. dba Allied Forces
GAC Chemical Corporation
Gage Brothers Concrete Products
Georgia Department of Agriculture
Geriatric Authority of Milford dba Countryside Health Care of Milford
Gildan Activewear (Edan)
G.L. Wilson Building Company
Global Food Innovations Inc. dba Water Valley Poultry, LLC
GMD Shipyard Corp
Golden Triangle and Associates dba DoubleTree by Hilton
The Grand Colonial/NINE-TEN
Grand History, LLC
The Great Fish Company, LLC
Health Services Advisory Group Inc.
Healthworks – WNY, LLC
Highland Engineering Inc.
Home Care Choices Inc dba Right at Home Eastern Worcester County
House of Cheatham Inc.
Hoyos & Associates Investments Inc.
Hy-lite Mirror & Glass
Imperial Forces Inc. dba Labor Systems Temporary Services & Labor Systems Job Center
Iowa Cold Storage, LLC
J.A. Fielden Co. Inc.
J. Crew Group Inc.
Jeffrey C. Stone Inc. (dba Summit Builders)
JEM Sportswear Inc.
Jen-Mar Electric Service Corp
John Moriarty & Associates of Florida Inc.
Kanawha Stone Company
Kearney Electric Inc.
Kelly Services Inc.
Kent Quality Foods Inc.
Key Workers Inc. dba Labor Systems Temporary Services & Allied Forces
L-3 Technologies, Linkabit
Lakhani Enterprises dba Regency Cleaners
Latino Enterprises Inc. (dba La Chiquita Tortilla Manufacturer)
Lawrence Factor Inc.
LD McCauley, LLC
Legacy Cabinets Inc.
Lewis and Clark County
Lincoln Moving & Storage Co. Inc.
Linden Heights Animal Hospital
Lines & Lundgreen Roofing and Insulation Inc.
Little Dixie Community Action Agency 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
McAllister, Puerto Rico Branch
McAllister Towing & Transportation Co. Inc.
McAllister Towing of Baltimore Inc.
McAllister Towing of Charleston Inc.
McAllister Towing of Florida Inc.
McAllister Towing of Narragansett Bay Inc.
McAllister Towing of New York, LLC
McAllister Towing of Philadelphia Inc.
McAllister Towing of Port Everglades Inc.
McAllister Towing of Virginia Inc.
McAllister Towing of Wilmington Inc.
Meridian Manufacturing Group Inc.
Miami Dade College
Michigan Turkey Producers, LLC
microMEDIA Imaging Systems Inc.
Mighty Taco Inc.
MRM Holdings, LLC/dba Drake Materials
Mulligan Security Corp.
Neutronics Enterprises Inc.
New ABC, LLC dba Alaska Boat Company
The New Peanut Farm
Nico Products Inc.
Northland Associates Inc.
Norton Energy Drilling, LLC
Oasis Management Systems Inc.
Ocean Blue Car Wash
Olympic Water & Sewer Inc.
Pacific Properties Services
Paulson Manufacturing Corporation
Pelican Bay LTD Inc.
Perry Ellis International Inc.
Pete King Construction Company
Pilot Freight Services/Pilot Air Freight Services
Pine Ridge Farms, LLC
Port Ludlow Associates, LLC
Port Ludlow Real Estate Inc.
Portland Tugboat, LLC
PREFCO Distribution, LLC
Primoris T&D Services, LLC
Process Equipment Manufacturing Company
Publix Super Markets Inc.
Quality Pork Processors Inc.
Quatro Composites, LLC.
Radiac Abrasives Inc.
RCE Manufacturing, LLC
Regenesis Biomedical Inc.
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 Convention Center
San Diego Media Inc.
Santa Rosa County School District
Sargento Foods Inc.
Scammell Constructors Inc.
Seattle Children's Hospital
S.E.B. Enterprises Inc., dba Custom Protective Services
Securus Technologies Inc.
SERVPRO of Westland/West Garden City
Sessa Sheet Metal Contractors Inc.
Sioux City Foundry Co.
Snohomish County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corporation dba COMMUNITY TRANSIT
Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative Inc.
Special Devices Inc.
Spray Systems of Arizona Inc.
Steve Julius Construction Inc.
Striking Results Inc.
SUMCO Phoenix Corporation
Sundial Services Corporation dba Sundial Plumbing Services
Superior Washer & Gasket Corp.
System Dynamics International Inc.
Talladega SS, LLC
Taylor Shellfish Co. Inc.
Tiffany Construction Company
Titania Solutions Group Inc.
Town of Milford, Massachusetts
Transcource Services Corp. dba Transource Computers
Treco Enterprises Inc.
TreeHouse Toy Store
Trident Environment Group, LLC
Triman Industries Inc.
Trinity Forge Inc.
Tulsa City - County Library
Ultra Aluminum Mfg. Inc.
United Lawnscape Inc.
United Pacific Forest Products Inc.
United States Marine Inc.
Universal Aerospace Co. Inc.
Universal Display & Fixtures Company
Universal Electronic Alarms Inc.
USS Midway Museum
Valley Services Inc.
Visual Awareness Technologies & Consulting Inc.
VT Halter Marine Inc.
W. Frank Newton dba WFN Consulting
W. Garnett & Associates
Weinrich Truck Line Inc.
Wesley House Family Services Inc.
Western Gardens Landscaping Inc.
Wildflour Gluten-Free Baking Co.
Witkiewicz Enterprises Inc., dba Comfort Keepers
World Emblem International Inc.
Wright Construction Services Inc.
Xcel Energy dba Northern States Power – Minnesota
X-Fab Texas Inc.
Yamaha Motor Manufacturing
IMAGE Forum & Training Series
Becoming an IMAGE (ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers) member is now easier than ever.
This training lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and comprises Form I-9 training, USCIS E-Verify updates, Office of Special Counsel training and fraudulent document detection training. ICE revamped IMAGE, simplifying program requirements and the participation process. If you're an employer, join IMAGE for a series of forums across the country.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
IMAGE is a voluntary partnership initiative between the federal government and private sector employers. The initiative is designed to foster cooperative relationships and to strengthen overall hiring practices.
ICE has developed this initiative as a new concept for employer self-compliance within the worksite enforcement program, through which employers can achieve a lawful workforce through self-policing of their hiring practices.
Many people are drawn to the United States in search of jobs. U.S. companies face fines and owners face possible imprisonment if they violate laws related to employment and employment eligibility. IMAGE was developed as an avenue through which ICE could offer assistance to employers seeking to avoid hiring undocumented noncitizens.
ICE recognizes that the highest level of employment integrity can only be achieved through close coordination with industry partners. Furthermore, industry self-policing will allow ICE to focus on other aspects of its homeland security mission.
The IMAGE program also serves to foster improved relations with private sector employers, and to help these employers to better understand their legal responsibilities when hiring.
No. However, participants in the IMAGE program are required to use E-Verify, a free online employment eligibility verification system operated jointly by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration.
The IMAGE Best Employment Practices go beyond electronic verification to help employers who seek to maintain the integrity of their worksites.
IMAGE places an emphasis on self-policing in a company’s hiring practices. By following the prescribed steps of IMAGE, employers go beyond electronic verification to help maintain the integrity of their worksites.
In addition, IMAGE membership can enhance your corporate image by associating your company with sound hiring practices, and helps to secure the homeland by reducing opportunities to inadvertently hire unauthorized workers.
IMAGE was designed as a partnership initiative between the government and private sector employers. To that end, ICE is committed to working with IMAGE participants in the following ways:
- ICE will waive any applicable fines if any technical or substantive violations are discovered on the Forms I-9 reviewed as part of the inspection conducted, as long as there is no evidence of a criminal violation.
- ICE will not conduct another Form I-9 inspection of the company for a four-year period.
- ICE will provide information and training before, during and after inspection.
E-Verify is a Web-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. More than 410,000 employers, large and small, across the United States use E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees, with about 1,600 new businesses signing up each week. E-Verify is fast, free and easy to use – and it's the best way employers can ensure a legal workforce. Visit E-Verify for more information.
Section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act requires employers to verify that all employees are authorized to work and have established their identities using the Form I-9.
What happens if I correctly complete an I-9 form and perform the E-Verify query and ICE subsequently determines...
What happens if I correctly complete an I-9 form and perform the E-Verify query and ICE subsequently determines the individual to be unauthorized to work in the U.S.?
If the employee presented the employer with documents that reasonably appeared to be genuine and relate to the employee presenting them, you cannot be charged with a verification violation. This type of circumstance underscores the importance of why ICE is advocating participation in the IMAGE program and E-Verify for all employers.