Bellingham Marine joins immigration compliance program

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Bellingham Marine entered into a two-year agreement earlier this month with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to participate in a voluntary program that promotes compliance to prevent the hiring or continued employment of people who are not authorized to work in the United States.

As part of the Mutual Agreement between Government and Employees, Bellingham agreed to enroll in the Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify program and process all future employees through that program.

Bellingham also will provide the government with a hiring and employment eligibility verification program that includes at least one annual internal Form I-9 audit, as well as companywide hiring procedures to prevent the employment of unauthorized workers.

“As a federal contractor, [these programs] are instrumental in assisting BMI with building a comprehensive immigration compliance program,” Bellingham Marine director of human resources Beth Vonnegut said in a statement.