Government Relations Task Force

GRTF Immigration Subcommittee

Employment is the immigration magnet, and payroll professionals play a big role in ensuring that only eligible individuals are working in the U.S. The Department of Homeland Security has very specific procedures for employers to follow in verifying the eligibility of newly hired employees, and it has significant penalties for knowingly employing ineligible workers.

This subcommittee examines the requirements, forms, and programs of two agencies under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). We work together with agency representatives to minimize employer burden and improve our nation's security.

Currently, the subcommittee is

  • making suggestions to USCIS regarding its E-Verify service (online verification of name-SSN match and work eligibility), which is mandatory in certain states and for all federal contractors, and proposed by Congress to be mandatory for all employers,
  • reviewing web sites, forms, and other guidance from USCIS and ICE for clarity, and
  • making recommendations to improve communications with employers, increase compliance, and limit liability.

The subcommittee meets at 2:00 pm Eastern on the third Tuesday of the month.

Subcommittee Leadership

Chair: Dave Fowler
Coordinator: Gretchen Inouye, CPP
Recorder: Vacant

Comments and Letters

July 24, 2017: APA Letter to Congress on Mandatory E-Verify

April 29, 2016: Additional Comments on revised Form I-9 and Instructions

January 11, 2016: Comments on the revised Form I-9 and Instructions

August 7, 2015: Comments Concerning Proposed Enhancements to E-Verify - Submitted to USCIS

Archive of Agendas and Notes


Not familiar with Form I-9 or the E-Verify program? Click Here to register for a free USCIS webinar and learn more.

E-Verify® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Interested in the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program? Click here to learn more about the program and to view past IMAGE Forum presentations.

The anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act prohibits unfair documentary practices during the employment eligibility and Form I-9 process. The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices is charged with enforcing this provision. Click here to learn more about the office and how this provision affects employers.

Immigration-Related Forms and Publications

See the Forms, Pubs, and Info section of our website.