I believe that employers will definitely benefit from the reform in the end of the day. Simply put, employers will face more immigration enforcement, and will need to do more immigration compliance in exchange for more legal options for their foreign-born personnel. However, the availability of legal workforce in both high-tech and low/semi-skilled sectors is a very important benefit for employers, and if immigration reform is done right, it will significantly outweigh the cost of immigration compliance.
WHAT IS HAPPENNING:
On January 30, 2013, President Obama announced the proposed framework for comprehensive immigration reform. Several principals of the reform directly impact employers, including:
Crack down on companies that hire undocumented workers,
Streamline the legal immigration system for families, workers, and employers, and
Legalization of Undocumented Workers.
WHAT SHOULD EMPLOYERS KNOW?
The Government will be cracking down on employers hiring undocumented workers, and employers will need to do more compliance:
Streamlining Employment-Based Legal Immigration
Green Cards for Graduates with Advanced STEM diplomas: Foreign graduates with PhD and Master’s Degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from a U.S. university to receive green cards providing they have found employment in the U.S.
Legalization of Undocumented Workers
WHAT SHOULD EMPLOYERS DO?
CORPORATE IMMIGRATION COMPLIANCE PLAN, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES: Review or establish your current immigration compliance plans, policies and procedures;
TRAINING: Train you I-9 administrators, I-9 auditors, and Corporate Immigration Compliance Officers;
I-9 AUDIT: Conduct internal I-9 audits and make corrections;
EMPLOYER-SPONSORED GREEN CARD PROCESS: Begin employer-sponosred green card process for your workers earlier rather than later;
NEW VISA OPTIONS: Train on new visa options when regulations are realeased by USCIS.
Corporate Immigration Lawyer
The Mdivani Law Firm,
Corporate Immigration Practice