Be Careful If You Work In The United States Without Authorization

Immigrants in the United States who do not have legal documents to get a job but then get a job could face severe consequences later when trying to become a U.S. citizen.  The United States has laws which protects American jobs.  The laws make it a crime to work in the United States without permission.  If you came into the country illegally and plan to stay and live, most likely you will get a job to afford your day to day needs.  The problem is that any employers who hire you would also break the law if you are not authorized to work.  The IRS requires employers to obtain a Form I-9 from you so they can verify whether you have permission to work in the United States.

If you don’t fill out the I-9 and are not authorized to work then you can’t have the job.  Most immigrants not authorized to work end up filling out the I-9 and either give a false social security number or they check the box that states they are a citizen.  The employer is covered because you filled out the form, signed it and then you get the job.  Unfortunately years later, when you finally become eligible to “adjust status” and become a U.S. citizen, the I-9 comes back to haunt you.  You find out that you are inadmissible for “falsely claiming U.S. citizenship” INA §212(a)(6)(C)(ii)(I) and end up in deportation.

Don’t let this happen to you!  Avoid this by NOT signing an I-9 if you are not authorized to work in the United States.  As always, seek a competent immigration attorney before you file to adjust status so that you can avoid these types of pitfalls.