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Dallas 214-251-8011

Fort Worth 817-332-1100

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Employer I-9 Employer Compliance, E-Verify & Raid Preparedness

Dallas/Fort Worth I-9 Employer Compliance & E-Verify Lawyers

The federal government requires employers to verify that all new employees are authorized to work in the U.S. The federal government provides the I-9 form or “Employment Eligibility Verification Form” to employers to use when conducting and proving compliance.

If you represent or own a business that has questions regarding I-9 employment compliance, the Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, immigration law firm of Chavez & Valko can help. We conduct comprehensive I-9 audits and training of the human resources staff to be compliant with the most recent developments, and also handle immigration problems faced by employers in the United States.

Do you have questions regarding how your firm can protect itself from possible charges of I-9 violations? Has your firm been charged with a labor certification violation? Contact us at 214-251-8011 or 817-332-1100(Fort Worth area).

It is important that your firm stay within federal legal guidelines when hiring employees and verifying employees’ backgrounds, origins and citizenship. Employer penalties for I-9 noncompliance are significant and can include:

  • Fines of $250 to $5,500 per worker
  • Being barred from federal government contracts for one year

Further, if an employer is found to have knowingly accepted false documents from an employee, they could face criminal charges.

Firm attorneys are experienced in helping Texas firms and firms across the Gulf Coast, the South and the U.S. stay in compliance and fight charges of compliance violations. Members of our attorney team have also presented educational seminars regarding I-9 compliance, including:

  • Legal seminar on The I-9 Form: Employer’s Compliance Responsibility at the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank in 2011
  • Presentation regarding how employers can avoid compliance penalties presented to the Hispanic Contractors’ Association of Dallas/Fort Worth in 2007
  • Presentation entitled “Immigration Law & Employer Compliance” presented as a CLE at the Sterling Institute CLE in March of 2008

We can work internally with your firm to complete an I-9 audit to help you avoid violations and penalties, and can plan for an I-9 compliance defense, or if you have been already charged. We can also provide our clients with free in-house training. To discuss your concerns or your charges, contact us for a low-cost consultation.

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“I am the General Counsel for a global internet security company. I have been working with Martin and his team for over three years on immigration matters including permanent residence, intracompany-transferee, investor’s, and H-1B matters. My experience has been outstanding. Martin or anyone in the firm always respond promptly and professionally. I usually work on very tight deadline and Martin and his team have always helped us achieve our goals. In my experience in comparison to working with other immigration lawyers, Chavez & Valko makes the complicated and burdensome process feel like a breeze. I would recommend Chavez & Valko to anyone who wants precision, promptness and professionalism.”

– Alexandra Albro, General Counsel, ESET ESET

“My husband WAS detained in a detention center, facing the possibility of deportation. As of today, my husband is home . . with the judge granting his cancellation of removal, and he was able to keep his permanent resident status here in the United States. . . The law firm of Chavez & Valko was wonderful to work with, guiding us through this long and difficult process with such conviction and compassion, that they gave my family and I that peace of mind of hope and encouragement that everything will be fine. . . I highly recommend the law firm of Chavez & Valko to anyone with immigration matter(s). . . Please continue doing what you do because you guys really do change lives. ”

– Removal client, Dallas, TX (Cancellation of Removal of Lawful Permanent Resident)

“My family and I would like to thank the attorneys from the immigration law firm of Chavez & Valko LLP for the great work fulfilled in my immigration case which had a happy ending. . . the immigration law argued that a criminal case like the one I had was eligible for deportation and my options were minimal. . . With their experience and great knowledge in immigration law, their perseverance and professionalism, they were able to win my case in my favor in Dallas immigration court (EOIR). I would like to give special thanks to the law firm of Chavez & Valko, who was with us at all times giving us support, security and great optimism.”

– Cecilio & Family, Dallas, TX (Defense against deportation in immigration court with 212(h) Waiver and Cuban Adjustment)

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