The Catholic University of America

Summary of Federal Laws

Compliance Partners

Director International Student and Scholar Services
AVP for Human Resources

Related Policies

Employment Practices and Procedures

Non-Resident Alien Payments

International Student Employment


Miscellaneous Employment Laws

The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (INA) (as amended)

8 U.S.C. § 1101 et seq.

For more information, see the Immigration and Nationality Act (as amended) in the sections of this summary on Students.

The INA as amended sets forth the laws govering the admission and employment of foreign nationals in the US. The links below will lead to individual web pages that discuss specific provisions of the INA by topic.

Verification of Employment Eligibility

  • I-9
  • E-Verify
  • SSN no-match letters

Employment Based Non-Immigrant Classifications

  • E-3
  • H-1B
  • J-1
  • O-1
  • R-1
  • TN

Immigrant Employment Based Classifications

  • Aliens of Extraordinary Ability
  • Outstanding Professor/Researcher
  • Labor Certification (Special Handling for Teaching Positions and Regular)

Inviting and Paying International Scholars and Visiting Faculty

  • Honoraria
  • Visa Waiver Program
  • Tax Issues
  • Employment Status (employment visa or independent contract or volunteer)



U.S. Dept. of State Nov. 10, 2014 Announcement between US and China Extending Visas for Short Term Business Travelers, Tourists and Students.

Chinese applicants who qualify for a B-category nonimmigrant visa (NIV) may now be issued multiple-entry visas for up to 10 years for business and tourist travel. Qualified Chinese students and exchange visitors and their dependents who qualify for F, M, or J-category visas are now eligible for multiple-entry visas valid for up to five years or the length of their program. U.S. citizens eligible for Chinese short term business and tourist visas should also receive multiple-entry visas valid for up to 10 years, while qualified U.S. students may receive student residency permits valid up to five years, depending on the length of their educational program.


Publication 515

Withholding of Tax on Nonresident Aliens Foreign Entities

The Catholic University of America International Student and Scholar Services web page on I-9 and E-Verify: Includes list of Statutes affecting Employer Sanctions; Executive Orders Affecting Federal Contractors, DHS Implementing Regulations and Guidance and more.

USCIS E-Verify Web page

International Student and Scholar I-9 Resource Page: Includes Statutes, guidance, Form I-9, and relevant Executive Orders.

Social Security Numbers and Foreign Nationals: A resource page from The Catholic University of America International Student and Scholar Services Office

Social Security Numbers have become a key element many aspects of life in the U.S. Recent developments restrict the availability of Social Security Numbers for foreign nationals. This page provides resource documents for understanding the role of SSNs in various parts of U.S. business/society.

NACUA Resource Page on Immigration and Employment (password protected)

NACUANOTES: Changes to the Alien Worker Labor Certification Process Vol 3, No. 2, March 24, 2005

The Department of Labor (DOL) is amending its regulations governing the filing and processing of labor certification applications for the permanent employment of aliens in the United States to implement a new system for filing and processing such applications. As of March 28, 2005, labor certifications will be filed directly with the DOL through an automated, on-line system, using the new Form ETA 9089. This is a comprehensive guide by Russell Ford, Esq. Strickland Brockington Lewis LLP.

updated 6/5/09 to add related policies (mlo)
compliance box links updated 6/9/09 rab
updated 6/10/09 with Assistance of Helene Robertson, Director, ISSS CUA
updated 3/22/10 to add Publication 515
updated 07/06/10 TOL