The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is trying a new program towards pre approval of employers that repeatedly hire skilled foreign immigrants. Similar to the office Pre-Check System that increases security checks of frequent fliers through airfield security, the goal is to avoid wasting time and increasing work productivity.
Under the present scheme, employers should give legitimate information concerning their company structure and monetary health when they need to secure a visa to hire a skilled foreign immigrant. In what appears like a unusual admission of extra filing, the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USICS) which administers the program.
This program, which is a first of a kind in the US, permits employers to submit their details once, and the information will be kept by the agency. Firms would necessarily have to justify why they have to hire the skilled foreign immigrants on every occasion, and supply details concerning the job description. However, they will not have to begin from scratch with each individual application, thereby saving time and effort. Regardless of the worker’s country of origin, the policy will apply to foreign companies also.
Employers will not be charged any further fees to participate within the Known Employer scheme. The pilot program is scheduled to last for up to 1 year; DHS and DOS have also allowed a progressive feedback options for participant companies. USCIS officers can review and predetermine whether or not a prospective company has met necessary requirements, and if the requirements are met then the USCIS approves the employer’s predetermination request.
This program is administered by the USCIS, together with the DHS Office of Policy, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and also the United States Department of State (DOS).
This pilot program will allow up to nine companies to sign up. So far, five companies have signed up; they are: Citigroup, Inc., Ernst & Young LLP, Kiewit Corporation, Schaeffler Group USA, Inc. and Siemens Corporation.
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