The 41-year-old American Council on International Personnel has rebranded itself as the Council for Global Immigration to underscore the global workforce needs of its members.
The new name, effective Sept. 23, 2013, better reflects the value and service the organization provides in helping employers understand the complex regulatory requirements involved in hiring and transferring highly skilled workers around the world, according to the Council.
“Our mission is to serve as a voice and resource for employers working to advance the employment-based immigration of highly educated professionals, and that does not change,” said Executive Director Lynn Shotwell. “With more employers doing business and competing for talent in the global marketplace, the new name better reflects our members’ need for effective immigration policies worldwide.”
Approximately 71 percent of HR professionals are responsible for immigration functions and recruiting highly skilled workers outside the U.S., according to the Council’s inaugural survey. It was conducted with 391 people in April and May 2013 in collaboration with the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) research department.
The survey, released Sept. 23, 2013, is a response to the Council members’ desire for metrics showing how other employers resource the immigration function and the challenges they face, said Mike Jackson, the Council’s marketing manager.
“There’s been a growing interest and need for information, as well as thought leadership, on the broader issues related to global immigration,” he said.
The Council and SHRM plan to conduct the survey annually to track trends and highlight the obstacles employers face and the time and resources they devote to immigration work. The report will be available to members of SHRM and the Council.
Additionally, Jackson said the name change allows the Alexandria, Va.-based organization to position itself “to support the increasing global portfolios of the in-house immigration professional”— HR, legal and other professionals responsible for immigration functions and recruiting highly skilled workers outside the U.S.