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Fines for I-9 and Other Immigration Violations Have Increased

August 16, 2016

The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Labor (DOL) and Justice (DOJ) have increased the civil fines for employers that commit immigration-related offenses, such as unfair employment or discrimination practices, H-1B and H-2B program violations, and Form I-9 and E-VERIFY violations. The new penalties, which went into effect on August 1, 2016, apply to violations that occurred after November 2, 2015. The largest increases in civil fines involve I-9 violations. The fines for I-9 paperwork violations (i.e., fines for mistakes or omissions on Form I-9) have increased by 96%, from $110-$1,100 per violation to $216-$2,156 per violation.