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July 22, 2016
From Law360

by Allissa Wickham

Three separate government agencies recently have unveiled an avalanche of fee and penalty increases related to immigration, ensuring that attorneys across the country had some light reading to bring with them as they headed off to the beach this summer.

First, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security unveiled potential fee changes in early May for a slew of immigration-related forms, including an increase for a petition for a foreign worker. Then, in late June and early July, the U.S. Department of Justice and DHS rolled out rules increasing penalties for so-called paperwork violations on I-9 Forms, as well as for knowingly hiring unauthorized immigrants.

The Time For Internal I-9 Audits Is Now

“[F]or an employer, if you have hundreds of employees and sloppy I-9 practices, that doubling of the potential minimum penalty, that's a significant increase,” Jeffrey S. Bell of Polsinelli PC said.

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