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Many people move to the United States with the hope or dream of building a better life. In the United States, there are laws and regulations to follow whether applying to become a permanent resident or a citizen. And legal status is needed to get a job. An immigration lawyer can help.

Immigrant Employment Laws

U.S. federal law forbids discrimination of any person allowed to work in the country. This means an employer cannot refuse to hire a person because paperwork has an expiration date. Also, employers cannot state what paperwork they will accept. Federal law does require workers have legal resident status.

Rhode Island Bill Reintroduces State Requirements on E-Verify

Two years ago the state of Rhode Island removed requirements for employers to use the E-Verify system. This online system checks to see the legal status of job applicants. Its purpose is to allow businesses to determine employment eligibility under U.S. federal law. Recently, a new bill was introduced in Rhode Island to reestablish the required use of E-Verify.

Requirements For Eligibility for U.S. Citizenship

The Rhode Island Department of Human Services requires an adult person of every household to show proof of citizenship and/or legal U.S. immigration papers for every member in the home.

U.S. law states there are a few ways people can become citizens:

  • The person was born in the United States.
  • He or she was born to U.S. citizens living abroad.
  • The individual meets requirements for naturalization.

To apply for naturalization, you must:

  • Be age 18 or older
  • Have lawful resident status—five years residency or three if married to a citizen
  • Have good moral character
  • Pass English and civics tests

An immigration attorney can help you through the process.

Locate a Local Rhode Island Immigration Lawyer Today

Becoming a legal resident is a detailed procedure. Many people seek a green card in order to be able to work. Other immigrants look to file for naturalization. A lawyer can look at your situation and check to make sure all paperwork is in order. Call now to speak with an immigration attorney in Rhode Island at 877-913-7222.