I-9 Fines Increased

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that it would be increasing the fines for Form I-9 errors and other common violations of federal immigration law.

The news of the penalty increases comes as the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has pledged to quadruple worksite inspections, which includes auditing Forms I-9. This form is used to verify an employee’s identity and to also establish if a worker is eligible for employment in the United States. Even small errors can quickly add up, and penalties have increased more than 1,100 percent since 2007.

Effective April 2, 2018:

• Minimum fine for Form I-9 errors increased from $220 to $224
• Maximum fine for Form I-9 errors increased from $2,191 to $2,236
• Maximum civil penalties for violation of Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA) sections 274C(a)(1)-(a)(4), penalty for first offense increased from $3,621 to $3,695
• Maximum penalty for third or subsequent offense (per unauthorized alien) increased from $21,916 to $22,363


NOTE: The details in this blog are provided for informational purposes only. All answers are general in nature and do not constitute legal advice. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought. The author specifically disclaims any and all liability arising directly or indirectly from the reliance on or use of this blog.
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