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The DOJ Raised The Penalty Fee for Immigration Law Violations--Including Employer Sanctions



The Department of Justice announced an increase in fines for violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as the pertain to those sections that account for fraud, document abuse, and unfair immigration-related employment practices. While this is only an adjustment for inflation, it brings home the point that that poorly or incorrectly completing immigration forms, like the Form I-9, can lead to very costly fines from ICE and the Immigration Court. If you have any questions or concerns about I-9s in your company, please call the attorneys and Kuck Immigration Partners.  We have decades of experience representing employers in the ICE and DOL immigration investigations.  You can reach us at 404-816-8611 or at ckuck@Immigration.net.  





U.S.C. citation


Name/description


CFR citation
DOJ penalty assessed after 8/1/2016
($) 1
DOJ penalty assessed after 2/3/2017
($) 2
8 U.S.C.
    IRCA; Unfair immigration-related employment practices, document abuse (per individual discriminated against).
    IRCA; Document fraud, first order—for violations de- scribed in U.S.C. 1324c(a)(1)–(4) (per document). 
    IRCA;  Document  fraud,  subsequent  order—for violations described in U.S.C. 1324c(a)(1)–(4) (per doc- ument). 
    IRCA; Document fraud, first order—for violations described in U.S.C. 1324c(a)(5)–(6) (per document). 
    IRCA;  Document  fraud,  subsequent  order—for violations described in U.S.C. 1324c(a)(5)–(6) (per doc- ument).
28 CFR 68.52(d)(1)(xii) .....
Min. 178  ......
Min. 181.
1324b(g)(2)(B)(iv)(IV).

Max. 1,782  ..
Max. 1,811.
8 U.S.C. 1324c(d)(3)(A) ....
28 CFR 68.52(e)(1)(i)  .......
Min. 445  ......
Min. 452.


Max. 3,563  ..
Max. 3,621.
8 U.S.C. 1324c(d)(3)(B) ....
28 CFR 68.52(e)(1)(iii) ......
Min. 3,563  ...
Min. 3,621.


Max. 8,908  ..
Max. 9,054.
8 U.S.C. 1324c(d)(3)(A) ....
28 CFR 68.52(e)(1)(ii) .......
Min. 376  ......
Min. 382.


Max. 3,005  ..
Max. 3,054.
8 U.S.C. 1324c(d)(3)(B) ....
28 CFR 68.52(e)(1)(iv) ......
Min. 3,005  ...
Min. 3,054.


Max. 7,512  ..
Max. 7,635.

8 U.S.C.                            
    IRCA; Unfair immigration-related employment prac- tices, document abuse (per individual discriminated against)
   IRCA; Document fraud, first order—for violations de- scribed in U.S.C. 1324c(a)(1)–(4) (per document). 

   IRCA;  Document  fraud,  subsequent  order—for violations described in U.S.C. 1324c(a)(1)–(4) (per doc- ument).
    IRCA; Document fraud, first order—for violations de- scribed in U.S.C. 1324c(a)(5)–(6) (per document). 

    IRCA;  Document  fraud,  subsequent  order—for viola-ions described in U.S.C. 1324c(a)(5)–(6) (per doc- ument).
28 CFR 68.52(d)(1)(xii) .....
Min. 178  ......
Min. 181.
1324b(g)(2)(B)(iv)(IV).

Max. 1,782  ..
Max. 1,811.
8 U.S.C. 1324c(d)(3)(A) ....
28 CFR 68.52(e)(1)(i)  .......
Min. 445  ......
Min. 452.


Max. 3,563  ..
Max. 3,621.
8 U.S.C. 1324c(d)(3)(B) ....
28 CFR 68.52(e)(1)(iii) ......
Min. 3,563  ...
Min. 3,621.


Max. 8,908  ..
Max. 9,054.
8 U.S.C. 1324c(d)(3)(A) ....
28 CFR 68.52(e)(1)(ii) .......
Min. 376  ......
Min. 382.


Max. 3,005  ..
Max. 3,054.
8 U.S.C. 1324c(d)(3)(B) ....
28 CFR 68.52(e)(1)(iv) ......
Min. 3,005  ...
Min. 3,054.


Max. 7,512  ..
Max. 7,635.

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