The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and regulations determined by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) govern whether or not an alien may receive payments for services as well as reimbursements for travel and living expenses. Prior to 2003, USCIS was known as the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). An overview of the most significant acts related to immigration is outlined below.
Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986
Immigration Act of 1990
Immigration and Naturalization Amendments of 1991
Required that employers verify documents for newly hired individuals and keep a record of verification on form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.
Specified that employers who fail to obtain and file the proper documentation will be subject to a civil penalty starting at $100 per violation.
Allowed aliens who have been residing in the U.S. illegally since January 1, 1982 to apply for amnesty.
As revisions of immigration rules and penalties for violations thereof continue to grow, it is extremely important to determine the immigration status of aliens before departments remit any payment.