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On Sept.18, SHRM and the American Council on International Personnel (ACIP) released a strong statement in support of a series of bills pending before Congress that would make employment-based green cards more easily available to foreign-born, advanced STEM graduates from U.S. universities – a reform that would help U.S. employers grow our 21st century workforce by enabling access to the talent they need and must retain.

In their joint statement, SHRM and ACIP commended Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, for introduction of the STEM Jobs Act of 2012; Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, for the introduction of the Attracting the Best and the Brightest Act of 2012; Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, for the impending introduction of the Benefits to Research and American Innovation through Nationality Statutes Act of 2012; and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, for his May introduction of the Securing the Talent America Requires for the 21st Century Act of 2012.

“Though the bills may have technical differences, they are premised on a common belief that has received overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle, both chambers of Congress and the White House: America should welcome the best STEM world talent it educates at its universities, and not allow an outdated immigration system to shut the door on them and their job creation and economic growth potential. Allowing American employers to access and retain these innovators – and especially at a time when America is not graduating enough U.S. students in these fields with advanced degrees – will help keep America competitive and the U.S. economy growing.”

New DACA Immigration Rule Raises Questions for Employers

Policymakers have been busy making changes - big and small - that could affect the work authorization of your employees.  The most significant is the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides temporary work authorization for certain undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. On. Sept. 27, a 90-minute webcast offered by SHRM and the American Council on International Personnel (ACIP) will answer a number of key questions relating to DACA, including: 

  • How will work authorization be documented on the I-9 and E-Verify?
  • What is an employer's obligation if a current employee steps forward with new work authorization or a new identity?
  • How should employers respond to requests by current or former employees for proof that they have been working in the U.S. over the past five years?
  • What are the risks for employers in states that don't recognize the legal status of the federal DACA rule?
  • Are you required to hire someone who might have work authorization for just two years or even less?   

A panel, led by attorney Dan Brown of Fragomen Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, and Lynn Shotwell of ACIP, will look at these questions and others, review possible changes to Form I-9 and E-Verify, and answer your questions.

For more information about this program, click HERE.

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