Know the Essentials of Employment-Based Immigration

By Roy Maurer May 19, 2015
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To recruit and manage talent from around the world, as well as stay compliant with U.S. immigration laws and regulations, it’s important to understand how immigration fits into the bigger HR picture.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Council for Global Immigration, an affiliate of SHRM, are presenting the U.S. Immigration Essentials for HR seminar June 27-29 at The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino during the SHRM 2015Annual Conference & Exposition. Preregistration is required; additional fees apply, and times vary.

Program attendees will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to:

  • Identify their business strategy, workforce plan and talent acquisition needs in order to lay the groundwork for the decision to recruit foreign nationals.
  • Describe basic immigration terms and concepts and how they apply to the hiring process for U.S. residents and foreign nationals.
  • Identify when to use immigrant and nonimmigrant visas to manage the visa process and comply with federal laws and regulations associated with temporary and regular employment of foreign professionals.
  • Define the I-9 employment verification process and incorporate best practices.
  • Comply with federal auditing guidelines and legal requirements.
  • Identify and define key considerations when hiring a foreign national by participating in various scenarios.

Stay on Top of Changes

Join Lynn Shotwell, executive director for the Council for Global Immigration, June 29 at 10 a.m. on the Smart Stage in the Connection Zone for a brief rundown on how changes in immigration policy will impact your HR processes.

In just 18 minutes, Shotwell will tell you where President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration stand, including the proposed legalization of undocumented workers, new benefits for high-skilled workers and changes to immigration processes being rolled out this year.

When a Visitor Visa Is Not Enough

Travel to the U.S. can be complex and presents significant potential liability for your organization. Entry under an improper visa category, unintentional work without authorization and overstay of permitted entry open employers to penalties that can negatively impact business operations.

Avalyn C. Langemeier, a partner at immigration law firm Foster LLP, will help you better understand and evaluate an employee’s immigration requirements when traveling to the U.S.

Join Langemeier July 1 at 11:30 a.m. in Room N107 to help you determine if an employee may travel to the U.S. as a business visitor and how to evaluate employees for the need for work authorization. She will also cover what is needed to determine if an H-1B visa is possible and a viable business decision.

Roy Maurer is an online editor/manager for SHRM.

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