CFGI mentioned – “Known Employer Program a Model of Efficiency, USCIS Director Says”


“Th​​e Known Employer pilot program to preapprove employers that frequently hire foreign workers, which launched in March 2016, could become a model for more efficient government processes, said U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Leon Rodriguez.

“Rodriguez told attendees of the Council for Global Immigration’s 2016 Symposium June 20, in Washington, D.C., that while ‘it’s too early​ to tell what we’re learning from the pilot, I personally think that this is a very promising and very common sense idea.’

“Known Employer would save time and paperwork for both employers and the government, and it draws on ideas long advoca​ted by the Council for Global Immigration.

“‘The system upon which we operate is outdated,’ Rodriguez said. ‘It does not reflect the realities and needs of business…It’s my hope that it be​​comes not just a platform for the particular visa categories for which it is being used now but becomes a model for how we define efficiencies in many areas of adjudication and the work we do at USCIS.’

“…Rodriguez explained that President Barack Obama’s November 2014 business-oriented executive actions on immigration ‘put us in as impr​​​oved a position as we could be with respect to the talent competition around the world.’

“USCIS is working with ‘deliberate speed’ to finalize a rule to improve job portability for certain beneficiaries with approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions… [I]t would protect workers with approved green card petitions from losing their priority da​​​te in green card backlogs while they change jobs, establish a 60-day grace period for temporary foreign workers who have lost their jobs, clarify various H-1B status extensions and cap exemptions, and automatically extend certain work authorization documents to minimize authorization gaps.

“…The director also defended the agency’s recent decision to raise filing fees for immigration and naturalization applications and petitions by an overall average of 21 percent, most likely later this summer. After a review, USCIS found that current fees do not recover th​​e full costs of the services the agency provides.”

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