Council for Global Immigration quoted in article – “Immigration Roundup: Getting to Know You”

3/15/2016

Bloomberg BNA, 03/07/2016 –  

"Should employers have to prove, with each and every visa petition, that they're legitimate companies that can, for instance, pay immigrant workers the prevailing wage?

"Currently the answer is yes, but U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is working on a way to say no.

"It's only a pilot, but the agency just launched a new 'Known Employer' program.  The idea is that participating employers only have to provide information once about their corporate structure, operations and finances. After that, USCIS adjudicators will defer to the 'predetermination' of those elements of employment visa eligibility when looking at the employer's individual petitions.

"The pilot has room for nine employers.

"…The Council for Global Immigration, which advocates for immigration system changes on behalf of large, multinational employers, has been asking for this since 1999.

"Rebecca Peters, CFGI director of government affairs, said she's 'really encouraged' by the launch of the pilot. And CFGI Manager of Agency Liaison Justin Storch added that the predetermination process will 'cut down on paperwork for sure.'

"Storch, who talked with Bloomberg BNA March 4 along with Peters, said the first 50 pages or so of every visa petition is information about the company.

"Although this new process certainly saves time and money for employers…it's a time saver for USCIS as well.

"Without having to comb through corporate documents, USCIS adjudicators can spend their time looking at whether the foreign worker qualifies for the visa and whether he or she is qualified for the job, Peters said. And that frees up agency resources for other priorities.

"Once USCIS is able to evaluate the successes and failures of the pilot, Peters said she hopes it can be expanded not just to other employers, but also to allow predeterminations of other parts of the visa petition.

"…Even on a smaller scale, Peters and Storch said the pilot program is a step in the right direction. Why? Because it shows that USCIS is looking for ways to streamline immigration benefits processing wherever it can."

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