Worker Rights


Immigration law and employment law are two distinct areas of law that often intersect. As employers hire foreign workers, they must navigate the complex web of immigration laws and regulations to ensure that they are complying with all necessary requirements. Similarly, foreign workers must understand their employment rights and protections under US employment law.

Employment-Based Immigration

Employment-Based Immigrationc

Employment-based immigration is the process of obtaining a visa or permanent residency based on employment in the United States. The most common employment-based visa categories include:

  • EB-1: Priority Workers
  • EB-2: Professionals with Advanced Degrees or Exceptional Ability
  • EB-3: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers
  • EB-4: Special Immigrants
  • EB-5: Immigrant Investors

Employers who wish to sponsor foreign workers for employment-based visas must comply with various requirements, including filing a labor certification application and demonstrating that there are no qualified US workers available for the position.

Employment Law Protections for Foreign Workers

Foreign workers who are employed in the United States are entitled to certain employment law protections, including minimum wage and overtime pay, workplace safety, and protection against discrimination and harassment.

Employers are prohibited from discriminating against foreign workers based on their national origin, citizenship status, or immigration status. Additionally, employers must verify the employment eligibility of all workers, including foreign workers, using the Form I-9 process.

Impact of Immigration Law on Employment Law

Impact of Immigration Law on Employment Law

Immigration law can have a significant impact on employment law, particularly in cases where employers may be tempted to exploit foreign workers who may be more vulnerable due to their immigration status.

Employers who violate immigration laws, including hiring unauthorized workers or engaging in visa fraud, may also be violating employment laws. For example, an employer who fails to pay overtime to a foreign worker may also be violating immigration laws by failing to accurately report the worker’s wages to the government.

The intersection of immigration law and employment law is complex and requires careful attention to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Employers must take steps to verify the eligibility of foreign workers and ensure that they are not being exploited or discriminated against. Similarly, foreign workers must be aware of their rights and protections under US employment law.