DHS Pilot Project Aims to Improve Immigration Process for Employers

Government to Field ‘Known Employer’ Pilot Based on CFGI and SHRM Concepts

Mar 4, 2016
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Washington, D.C. — The Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) commend the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for its new pilot program intended to make the immigration process more efficient.

The DHS Known Employer pilot, based on ideas long advocated by CFGI and SHRM, aims to reduce redundant paperwork. This pilot will test DHS’s ability to trim costs and process visas faster.

“We congratulate DHS for considering new ways to collect employer information and for beginning to improve employment-based visa processing,” said CFGI Executive Director Lynn Shotwell. “The Known Employer pilot is a new approach that has the potential to exemplify smart government and save scarce resources.”

“SHRM welcomes this pilot program as a first step toward making the immigration system more effective for human resources professionals,” said Mike Aitken, SHRM’ vice president of government affairs. “While there is much more work to be done to reform the system, the Known Employer pilot can start building a path toward more predictability for employers.”

Up to nine employers will participate in the pilot. Five employers already have confirmed participation. Participating employers will be allowed to choose to file for pre-determinations of employer information in certain visa classifications: TN, L-1A and L-1B, H-1B, E12 outstanding researchers and professors, and E13 multinational executives and managers categories. The employers will continue to file other visa classifications under existing processes.

The pilot will last up to one year. DHS and the U.S. Department of State will solicit ongoing feedback from the participants.

“A DHS pilot that provides both the government and participating employers with a timelier, more efficient and predictable process would be a success,” Shotwell said. “However, Known Employer must be fully tested to ensure it lays an appropriate foundation for an effective long-term program.”

Learn more about CFGI’s and SHRM’s employer solutions for immigration reform at employerimmigrationsolutions.org.

About the Council for Global Immigration

The Council for Global Immigration (formerly known as the American Council on International Personnel), a strategic affiliate of SHRM, is a nonprofit trade association comprised of leading multinational corporations, universities and research institutions committed to advancing the employment-based immigration of high-skilled professionals. CFGI bridges the public and private sectors to promote sensible, forward-thinking policies that foster innovation and job growth. Learn more about us at www.councilforglobalimmigration.org.

About the Society for Human Resource Management

Founded in 1948, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 275,000 members in over 160 countries, the Society is the leading provider of resources to serve the needs of HR professionals and advance the professional practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit SHRM Online at www.shrm.org and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress.

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