A division of the Department of Homeland Security, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the federal agency that monitors lawful immigration to the United States. This includes the process that allows foreign nationals to work in the United States. Some of the opportunities are temporary, and some provide a path to a Green Card or lawful permanent residence (LPR) status. Recently, the USCIS proposed regulations to deter aliens from entering the country illegally by filing fraudulent or invalid applications for asylum in order to obtain U.S. work authorization.
Who Can Receive U.S. Employment Authorization?
The United States offers numerous employment opportunities in all kinds of industries. That is why many people who are from a foreign land wish to work in this country. To do so legally, a person must have one of the following:
- Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
- Employment Authorization Document (work permit)
- Employment-related visa to work for a specific employer
What Will the Proposed Rule Do?
Under the proposed rule, the USCIS plans to enhance protections for those aliens with legitimate asylum claims. USCIS also seeks to prevent aliens with criminal records from obtaining employment authorization before their asylum applications are settled. The new rule aims to bolster the standards that permit an alien to be employed on the grounds of a pending asylum application....