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

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.

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

IMAGE Forum and Training Series

Becoming an IMAGE (ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers) member is now easier than ever. This training consists of 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. Upcoming forums will be held in the following cities:


  • San Juan, PR – March 7
  • Miami, FL – March 21 (Note: This forum is now full and registration is closed.)
  • Tucson, AZ – April 9
  • Phoenix, AZ – April 11
  • Seattle, WA – May 9
  • New Orleans, LA – May 23
  • Dallas, TX – June 6
  • Honolulu, HI – June 20
  • San Diego, CA – July 11 
  • Kansas City, MO – July 25
  • Anchorage, AK – August 8
  • Newark, NJ – August 22
  • Indianapolis, IN – September 12
  • Houston, TX – September 26