Increased Fines for I-9 and Other Immigration Violations

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) effectively doubled fines for I-9 and other immigration violations by employers. On August 1, 2016, the new fines became effective. The new fines apply to violations which occurred after November 2, 2015.

The increased fine levels resulted from the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 which mandated that federal agencies adjust civil penalties to reflect inflation.

Violation Penalty Range
Knowingly Hiring or Employing Unauthorized Aliens – 1st Offense (per individual) $539 – 4,313
Knowingly Hiring or Employing Unauthorized Aliens – 2nd Offense (per individual) $4,313 – 10,781
Knowingly Hiring or Employing Unauthorized Aliens – 3rd or Subsequent Offense (per individual) $6,469 – 21,563
Employer’s Failure to Notify Government of Continuing Employment of Individual Subject to Final Nonconfirmation of Employment Eligibility (per individual) $751 – 1,502
Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices – 1st Order (per individual) $445 – 3,563
Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices – 2nd Order (per individual) $3,563 – 8,908
Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices – Subsequent Order (per individual) $5,345 – 17,816
Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices – Document Abuse (per individual) $178 – 1,782

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