The reader is encouraged also to consult the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended (2 U.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of State may not issue any visa to, and the Attorney General may not admit to the United States, any foreign national whom the Secretary finds, based on credible and specific information, to have been directly involved in the establishment or enforcement of population control policies forcing a woman to undergo an abortion against her free choice or forcing a man or woman to undergo sterilization against his or her free choice, unless the Secretary has substantial grounds for believing that the foreign national has discontinued his or her involvement with, and support for, such policies.
United States In its first weeks, the Trump Administration has taken significant steps to increase immigration enforcement at the U. If you are a foreign national in the United States, familiarize yourself with the following important compliance obligations. Depending on your status, you should carry: Failure to carry a required document is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of 0 or 30 days in prison or both.
The Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) prohibits any foreign national from contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly. corporation that is owned by foreign nationals may be subject to the prohibition, as discussed below.
It is also unlawful to help foreign nationals violate that ban or to solicit, receive or accept contributions or donations from them. A domestic subsidiary of a foreign corporation may not establish a federal political action committee (PAC) to make federal contributions if: Additionally, a domestic subsidiary of a foreign corporation (or a domestic corporation owned by foreign nationals) may not donate funds or anything of value in connection with state or local elections if: Please note that many states place additional restrictions on donations made to nonfederal candidates and committees. (See also AOs 1992-16, 1985-3, 1982-10, and Matter Under Review (MUR) 2892.) Generally, an individual may volunteer personal services to a federal candidate or federal political committee without making a contribution.
Convictions for this offense have not been common, but in the current climate of increased immigration enforcement, you should carry the appropriate document (or a copy) at all times.
Check Your Admission Record If you are a nonimmigrant, make sure to check your I-94 arrival record and your passport stamp each time you return from abroad to ensure that your visa classification and your period of admission are entered correctly.
By contrast, the decision in AO 1981-51 prohibited a foreign national artist from donating his services in connection with fundraising for a Senate campaign.
Despite the general prohibition on foreign national contributions and donations, foreign nationals may lawfully engage in political activity that is not connected with any election to political office at the federal, state, or local levels.
This brochure has been developed to help clarify the rules regarding the political activity of foreign nationals; however, it is not intended to provide an exhaustive discussion of the election law.
If you have any questions after reading this, please contact the FEC in Washington, D. Members of the press should contact the FEC Press Office at 202-694-1220 or at the toll free number listed above.
Except where otherwise noted, all citations refer to the Act and FEC regulations.
Advisory Opinions (AOs) issued by the Commission are also cited.
 For example, evidence of legality includes a written statement from the contributor explaining why the contribution is legal (e.g.