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Navigating Immigration Reform: Employer Solutions for Practicable, Effective Reforms
Executive Action Update

About the Executive Action

President Obama announced a series of executive actions with regard to immigration policy on November 20, 2014. The administration is scheduled to roll out changes driven by this announcement over the course of 2015. For employers, it is critical to remain up-to-date on the following employment-based immigration actions that may impact your workforce. This will be an extended process, so we recommend employers regularly check this webpage for the latest updates.

Helpful Links to Government Resources:
Visit the White House page on executive action here.
In addition, the following agencies have resource pages on executive action, where you can find memos on the high-skilled immigration and undocumented immigration actions mentioned:
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

What does the President’s executive action mean for employers? 

This summary answers key questions and provides the latest information on the President’s executive actions with regard to employment-based immigration.  Read More

"Opportunities, challenges await immigrant parents eligible for Obama’s deferred action"
The Seattle Globalist
… Lynn Shotwell, executive director of the Council of Global Immigration, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management, said the question regarding employment sponsorship on job applications is not one that has been raised in the context of deferred action. Even so, she said, employers may not, by law, discriminate against a person with limited work authorization. “Employers should not be asking for proof of work authorization before they extend an offer of employment,” she said. 

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 Employer Solutions
To build the economy of the future, the United States must create the workforce of the future, and U.S. employers need an immigration system that works for them, not against them.

The Council for Global Immigration (formerly known as the American Council on International Personnel (ACIP)) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) – who collectively represent the U.S. employers and the HR and legal professionals who navigate the immigration system everyday – advocate meaningful, practicable reforms for U.S. employers that include:

Electronic Employment Verification
U.S. Employers Need … Certainty in Hiring

U.S. employers need certainty in hiring through a single, federal, entirely electronic verification system that protects against identity theft. Learn more.

Trusted Employer
U.S. Employers Need … Increased System Efficiency

U.S. employers need an efficient U.S. immigration system that does not stunt growth because of cumbersome paperwork. A "Trusted Employer" system would create such efficiencies. Learn more. 

Future Highly Skilled Workforce
U.S. Employers Need … A Future Flow of Highly Educated and Skilled Talent

U.S. employers need top talent to grow the economy, but they currently face a skills gap. Specifically, they need an employment-based immigration system that welcomes highly educated and highly skilled professionals by clearing backlogs, improving future access to green cards and temporary visas such as H-1B and L-1 visas, reinstating domestic visa revalidation and expanding spouse and partner work authorization. Learn more. 



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As strategic affiliates, the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) help advance U.S. growth, innovation and job creation by supporting employers and their employees as they navigate the most pressing workforce and talent management issues, which includes reform of the U.S. immigration system. Learn more about ACIP at Learn more about SHRM at

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