The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has raised civil monetary penalties for certain violations based on inflation. The new penalty amounts are effective for penalties assessed after June 28, 2024, whose associated violations occurred after November 2, 2015. For example:

  • Civil penalties for knowingly hiring, recruiting, referral, or retention of unauthorized aliens—Penalty for first offense (per unauthorized alien): $698-$5,579.
  • Civil penalties for I-9 paperwork violations: $281-$2,789.