Immigration — what does vetting mean?

In the business world, especially regarding the interview process for a prospective new hire, you might hear the word “vetting.” This term basically refers to the process of investigating an individual’s or company’s background. The results of the vetting process may influence a Louisiana employer’s decision on whether to hire someone or a business owner’s decision on whether to invest in a particular financial endeavor. The immigration system is another place where one may hear the term vetting.

If you want to become a U.S. citizen or are a new entrant in this country, you can expect a vetting process. This means that immigration officials will check your background to see if you have a criminal record. They might also check the backgrounds of your immediate family members and close relatives. A thorough vetting process may consider your health, financial status and job skills, as well.

Immigration vetting in the United States is among the world’s toughest

This country is known for having a stringent vetting process for those who wish to emigrate from another country of origin. In addition to fingerprints and photographs, foreign nationals must supply biographic data and other information as well. To gain entrance at a port of entry, immigration officials must be convinced that you do not pose a threat to public safety in America.

There are online resources available so that you can check your status if you are navigating the vetting process. You typically must enter a specific ID number, as well as your birth date, to gain access to the data. The process is not something that occurs overnight. You can expect it to take anywhere from 18 to 24 months or longer.

If legal complications arise that affect your ability to live in the United States

Before you arrive in Louisiana or months (or years) afterward, legal issues may arise that affect your immigration status. In some cases, the court may deny an individual entry. You might encounter such problems if, during the vetting process, officials determine that you have a communicable disease, or the U.S. recently convicted you for a violent crime or previously removed you from the country.

You can resolve some legal issues with the right type of support. If you have a language barrier or are not familiar with the U.S. vetting process or immigration laws, it is helpful to seek support from an experienced immigrant advocate. This should be someone who knows how to navigate the immigration system and is prepared to help you defend your rights while you live and work in Louisiana.