Immigration is a hot topic these days, which is understandable as more reports surface about visa violations in the workplace and elsewhere. Visa violations may involve actions by an immigrant, or by an employer. If an individual knows of a visa violation, they may be interested in finding out how to report that crime. As immigration agencies and laws are constantly changing, follow these steps to ensure that they know how to go about making such a report.
Gather Pertinent Information
To report a visa violation to any agency, individuals will need certain information. Before calling anyone to make their report, gather the necessary information such as the name of the immigrant violating their visa, an employer of another person also involved in the violation, the home and work addresses required, business name, and a description of the alleged infringement.
Do Your Research
Before making a brash decision to report something that may or may not be a violation of immigration regulations, the individual should conduct some research. The Federation for American Immigration Reform provided a primer and suggested reading to get you up to speed on what today’s visa regulations involve, as does the USCIS – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.
If the individual is unsure after researching visa regulations as to whether or not there is a visa violation, you can call the USCIS to consult an expert for free.
Contact the ICE
The Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) at ice.gov enforces the United States’ immigration laws. To report a suspected visa violation, individuals should contact their local Department of Homeland Security (DHS) office and ask to speak with an ICE officer. Or, they can visit the ICE website to obtain their toll-free number.
Get in Touch with the IRS
If the suspected visa violation involves the workplace, this will include tax violations as well. Employers of illegal aliens or workers with expired visas are violating not only immigration law but the tax law as well. To report a visa violation that involves the workplace, contact an agent at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Contact the FBI
Another easy way to report a visa violation is by contacting the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI investigates all forms of criminal activity and can refer a violation to another agency if appropriate. With the use of the online tip submission form available on the FBI website, this is an effortless way to report a visa violation. FBI online TIPS form for criminal activity.