The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor recently made a joint announcement of an increase in the statutory fines related to the H-2B program. The average penalty incurred by H-2B violations rose by roughly $1,000, and the maximum penalty rose from $11,940 to $12,135, according to the filing.
The increase was triggered by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, which is designed to adjust financial penalties to keep pace with economic growth. Thanks to a 2015 amendment of the act, that adjustment now takes place on a yearly basis, following a ‘nondiscretionary clear formula.’
In another annual occurrence, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services also recently announced that the cap on H-2B visa applications for the second half of the year has been reached. All applications which request employment starting before October 1st 2017 will be rejected.