Can undocumented immigrants legally work in the US? Employers are required to refuse to hire, or terminate, an undocumented worker once they learn of her lack of work authorization. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) makes it illegal for employers to knowingly hire or continue to employ undocumented workers.
How can an illegal immigrant get a work visa?
- Be requested by an employer through an employment-based Green Card.
- Apply for a merchant work visa.
- Apply for an investor work visa.
- Apply for a temporary agricultural or non-agricultural work visa.
- With a student visa.
What happens if I work illegally in US? According to the Immigration Nationality Act, a company that “knowingly” uses illegal workers can be fined as much as $10,000 per worker. The employer also can face up to six months in jail if a pattern of violating the law is found.
What types of jobs did the immigrants work? The report finds that foreign-born workers are employed in a broad range of occupations—with 23 percent in managerial and professional occupations; 21 percent in technical, sales, and administrative support occupations; 21 percent in service occupations; and 18 percent working as operators, fabricators.