Controlling Alien Admission – Introduction – Alien Employment – Employment Verification – Coverage

United States law prohibits employers from knowingly hiring or employing aliens who lack proper work authorization. Employers must take certain steps, defined by law, to verify the work authorization status of aliens they wish to employ. However, the coverage of this law is such that it does not apply to all aliens. There are several exceptions.

US-VISIT and Exit Procedures

With security concerns on the rise, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented an official entry procedure for aliens traveling to the U.S. with nonimmigrant visas, and it is testing an official exit procedure, as well. The programs apply only to aliens who hold nonimmigrant, that is, temporary, visas, and they are designed both to expedite travel and to improve homeland security.

United States Citizenship & Immigration Services

Most people think of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) when they think of the government agency that handles immigration issues. The INS, however, was abolished by the Homeland Security Act of 2002. Its responsibility for immigration services was replaced, effective March 1, 2003, by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS).

Controlling Alien Admission-Immigrants – Administrative-Consul Issuance and Validity of Immigrant Visas

A United States consul is authorized to issue an immigrant visa after an applicant has met all of the prerequisites for issuance and after the consul is satisfied that the applicant is eligible for admission to the U.S.

Controlling Alien Admission – Immigrant Visas – Employment-Based Visas – Labor Certification – Overview

Within the employment-based preferences, there are five subcategories of immigration, both of which may lead to legal permanent residence in the United States. The majority of workers in two of those classifications, EB-2 and EB-3, must have a labor certification from the U.S. Secretary of Labor before they may be granted visas. This is designed to protect U.S. workers by ensuring that they will not be adversely affected by alien employment in the U.S.