Does "employment" mean employing an employee as an employer or seeking a job as an employee (or could mean both?)

  • You could improve this question quite a bit by giving a longer example of where you've seen this phrase used. Sometimes the larger context determines what words mean. See our Details, Please meta post for more question tips.
    – J.R.
    Aug 13 '18 at 22:36

From U.S.A. immigration forms, 8 CFR §214.1(e):

A nonimmigrant in the United States in a class defined in section 101(a)(15)(B) of the Act as a temporary visitor for pleasure, or section 101(a)(15)(C) of the Act as an alien in transit through this country, may not engage in any employment.

As used here, engage in employment means to be hired as an employee. The converse would be unacceptable -- consider a temporary resident being unable to hire someone to fix plumbing in his home, or a mover to bring her furniture to a new residence.

  • Thank you for your explanation and the reference. It does help!
    – Iris Lee
    Aug 14 '18 at 4:41
  • Glad it helps! Immigration is confusing enough without a language barrier. Aug 14 '18 at 4:58

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