Working in the United States without the right kind of documentation that approves working, is definitely illegal.
Working without a permit means inviting trouble as the person can get exposed, which calls for huge amounts of fines and even deportation.
It is important for foreigners to full fill at least one of the below-mentioned requirements be able to work in the country on a legal basis, have a look:
- An Employment Authorization Document (EAD) is a must.
- A work permit is known as the PERM work permit
- If one has attained a green card or permanent residence ship legally
Consequences of working illegally in US
There are consequences of working illegally not just for the workers, but for the employers as well
It is not just the illegal workers who have to face all the charges if they get exposed for working illegally, the employers who employ such people have to face the risks that are involved with hiring and breaking the rules of the country. Check out the consequences
The workers and the employers alike who get caught breaking the rules have to pay high amounts of fines, the fines keep on increasing based on each violation.
- $ 380 to $ 3000 for the first-time offense
- $3500 to $6800 for the second offense, for every illegal employee hired by the employers
- If there have been more than three crimes that the employee has, for hiring every illegal employee the fine ranges from $ 4500 to $ 15000
For avoiding further charges usually, an immigration bond could be posted for offsetting the fines.
Employers who go against the law also have to face the following dire consequences as well:
- Fines which could be considered criminal fines or civil fines
- Government contract eliminations
- Orders from the court
All the employers are aware and cautious about the consequences that they might have to face.
The country has strict rules, you could be easily deported from the United States if you fall under the category of an immigrant who travels with a visa and tries to make use of it for unauthorized purposes.
- Applicable bars for three and ten years
The bars for illegal presence prohibit immigrants from returning to the United States if they are found staying in the country illegally or they are found misusing the visa issued to them.
Generally, the ban on immigrants found doing illegal activities, on entry to the US is up to ten years.
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What kind of jobs do the illegal immigrants actually do?
People do work without proper documentation in the United States because of the fact that employers are ready to hire such workers. The most obvious reason is they have to pay very less salaries to illegal workers in comparison to the American workers. The jobs that the employers mostly hire illegal immigrants for are as follows:
- The community gardening workers
- Tailors and sewing experts
- Workers for the laundry services
- For personal care departments
- Salesman for various shops
- House cleaners
- Car cleaning services
The law does provide a work permit to work for all the above-mentioned jobs. No matter how small it is. Several companies and workers ignore the seriousness of the requirement of a work permit and work or employ illegally.
Who all need a permit to work in the United States?
Every employee who is not a permanent resident or a citizen of the United States needs an EAD (employment authorization document) to work in the country.
However, the status of your immigration and the kind of visa that you have will help you forward the request for EAD. The following people require a work permit to get employment:
- Temporary workers
- Permanent workers
- Asylees and refugees
So, this is how the illegal immigrants get to work (in the US) without work permits! It is always better to have your permits and then work!