LOOKING FOR WORK IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES: AN
ARGUMENT FOR THE ADOPTION OF A JOB-SEEKER
VISA IN THE UNITED STATES
EMILY C. CALLAN*
In Alexandre Dumas’s acclaimed novel, The Count of Monte Cristo, the
titular character, Edmond Dantes, completely remakes himself after
escaping from prison, shedding his previous identity in its entirety and
adopting a new life.
While eventually the Count’s true identity is revealed
by his own admission, Dantes’s ability to drastically change his
circumstances, and dramatically improve his life, was a direct result of the
freedom of movement mankind enjoyed in the early 1800s.
Dumas’s story certainly puts to mind the ease with which generations
past were able to pack up their belongings and move to new cities, or even
countries, in order to start a new life and significantly improve their current
circumstances. As the idea of “ex-pat life” continues to gain popularity,
especially among millennials, hundreds of thousands of people now must
take great pains to move to different countries in order to pursue higher
education, foreign investment prospects, and new employment
The employment-based immigration opportunities available to foreign
nationals are several in number though extreme in their complexity.
2017 alone, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (hereinafter
“USCIS”), the federal agency within the purview of the Department of
Homeland Security which adjudicates petitions for immigration benefits,
* Emily C. Callan (nee Kendall) is an attorney working in private practice in Arlington,
Virginia. She has published articles on multiple immigration and Constitutional issues in law
journals including the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, the St. Thomas Law Review,
John Marshall Law Review, the Michigan State University College of Law International Law
Review, the Journal of Supreme Court History, DePaul Journal for Socia l Justice, the
University of Baltimore Law Review, and others.
ALEXANDRE DUMAS, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO (Liz Heron trans., Alfred A. Knopf
2d ed. 2009) (1909).
See id. at 975.
See Nadine Ajaka, The Hardest Place in the World to Visit, ATLANTIC (Sept. 9, 2015),
See generally 8 C.F.R. pt. 214 (2019).