SOURCE: i9 Advantage

March 04, 2008 07:30 ET

Strict Immigration Law Enforcement Spreads Throughout US -- Background Screening Organizations Seek Full Control Over Electronic Form I-9 Processing

DUBLIN, OH--(Marketwire - March 4, 2008) - Multiple states, including Arizona and Colorado, now mandate use of the government's E-Verify program to ensure that every employee is legally permitted to work in the United States. Many companies are seeking help from their current background screeners to provide an all in one solution to what could potentially become a Form I-9 processing nightmare.

Many background screeners, including Imperative Information Group, had previously decided not to use a Form I-9 processing service since they did not allow the background screener to take full control of the form completion process by becoming the E-Verify Designated Agent.

"We've been Designated Agents for the Basic Pilot Program (now E-Verify) for several years," said Mike Coffey, president of Imperative Information Group. "Though we liked the automation advantages that third-parties have, they all required that our clients designate some other third-party as their Designated Agent. We are such a client-centric firm that we were never comfortable with allowing a third-party to interfere with our relationships with our clients. The fact that i9 Advantage allows us to remain our client's Designated Agents makes them unique.

"The value proposition for our clients is obvious, as well. Because i9 Advantage allows for online completion of the Form I-9 and validates the format of the identity document numbers provided, the tool allows our clients to identify any issues before they are submitted to the federal government, saving them the time and hassle that comes with incomplete or inaccurate information in E-Verify."

Many background screening service providers have partnered with i9 Advantage LLC to provide eVerification, a Form I-9 processing, storage and verification service. Located at the web site http://www.i9advantage.com, eVerification offers Electronic Employment Verification (EEV) through a process that is inexpensive, accurate, and tailored for resellers looking to integrate Form I-9 processing into their current services.

The choice for business owners is simple; comply with the law or run the risk of high penalties and business license suspension from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

About i9 Advantage LLC:

Located in Dublin, Ohio, i9 Advantage LLC operates an online service to assist employers to comply with federal law through Electronic Employment Verification (EEV) and Form I-9 compliance.

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