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It's actually illegal NOT to bring up the subject, Jane. The US federal
government requires all employers to verify citizenship. Heck, I'm a
seventh-generation American, with three generations in my home town alone,
and I've had to provide proof of citizenship for every job I've ever applied
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----- Original Message -----
From: Jane S. <judydh -at- total -dot- net>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2000 10:02 AM
Subject: Illegal interview question
> Hi all,
> I'm a Canadian citizen and I've been looking for work in the States. I've
> gone to maybe a dozen interviews, and at almost every one of them I've
> asked either if I was Canadian, or if I was not an American citizen, and
> what kind of visa I needed. So I've always sportively answered the
> [original phrase: I've always answered the questions sportively. Which do
> you prefer?] The visa isn't an issue, as I explain the TN visa applies to
> tech writers and it's a relatively easy one to get. I just found out,
> however, that asking for my citizenship or otherwise inquiring into my
> unamericanness is illegal. What should I do if this comes up in the
> What should I have done already?
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