2017: New Employment Eligibility Rules and Changes

eleva-labor-lawThe new year will bring changes to certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs, as well as an updated form of the document used to verify the employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the U.S.

Let’s start with the revised version of Form I-9, also known as Employment Eligibility Verification. By January 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, which streamlines the certification for certain foreign nationals and is enhanced for better management and completion on a computer. Employers must ensure proper completion of this form for each individual they hire for employment. The new form is available here and Eleva Solutions can provide the proper guidance in the process.

Other changes are also taking place at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. According to the agency, these changes are necessary to clarify and improve certain policies and practices, and to enable employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers that are waiting to become lawful permanent residents. How does this affect your business? The modifications will provide improved processes and increased certainty for companies seeking to sponsor and retain immigrant and nonimmigrant workers. This will translate into greater stability and job flexibility for those workers.

The Final Rule, which becomes effective on January 17, 2017, is also construed to improve the ability to hire and retain high-skilled workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions and are waiting to become lawful permanent residents. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a statement that those workers will have better opportunities to seek promotions, accept lateral positions with current employers, change employers, or pursue other employment options.

It is important for every business owner and employer to understand how these changes affect their human resources procedures. Eleva Solutions can provide expert advice and guidance to small and midsize companies in the process of implementing and complying with these new regulations set by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, as well as other labor-related regulations.