US announces pilot to streamline certain worker visas schemes and cut costs

by Ray Clancy on March 8, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the United States has announced a pilot scheme for businesses seeking to hire certain workers from overseas through employment based visas.

The Known Employer pilot will effectively modify the process US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) uses to reviews an employerís eligibility to sponsor individuals under certain employment based immigrant and non-immigrant classifications.

The move is expected to reduce paperwork, costs, and delays in the processing of these requests and USCIS will oversee the pilot in collaboration with the DHS Office of Policy, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the US Department of State (DOS).


USCIS director León Rodríguez said it is part of plans to modernise and streamline certain visa routes and the pilot will help to determine how costs can be cut and efficiencies made. “If successful we will continue to build on this trial programme and promote robust trade, travel, and economic prosperity,” he explained.

DHS first announced in January 2015 that it would explore a Known Employer pilot under the United States-Canada Beyond the Border initiative. The pilot also was highlighted as a recommendation in a report from federal agencies submitted to the President in July 2015.

The goals of the Known Employer pilot are to make the employment eligibility adjudication process more efficient while reducing delays for US employers that wish to employ foreign workers under certain immigrant and non-immigrant visa programmes.

It will result in a reduction in the amount of paperwork filed by employers and retained by USCIS, and promote consistency in the adjudication of employment based petitions and applications.

It also aims to streamline the adjudicative process to achieve greater efficiency within USCIS and provide greater support to CBP and DOS in support of greater efficiency and consistency at ports of entry and consular posts.

Under the Known Employer pilot, up to nine preselected employers will file applications requesting that USCIS predetermine that they meet certain requirements relating to certain immigrant and non-immigrant visa classifications.

When making this request, employers will create a profile in the web based Known Employer Document Library (KEDL), and upload documents relating to the requirements. USCIS officers will review and predetermine whether a prospective employer has met certain requirements relating to the visa classifications, and if USCIS approves the employer’s predetermination request, the employer may then file petitions or applications for individual employees without needing to resubmit company information with each petition or application.

Employers will not be charged any additional fees to participate in the Known Employer pilot. The pilot is scheduled to last for up to one year, however, USCIS may terminate or extend the pilot at any time.

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Lu Mahalo June 7, 2016 at 2:22 pm

These work visas are nothing but a scam on American citizens.

There are over 330 million legal citizens in the USA…BUT, 94 million Americans, eligible to work, are NOT working.

• Most cannot get a job and have run out of benefits…so they are not counted in the government’s convoluted accounting system that grossly underestimates the true unemployment rate.
• Even so, the “Establishments’ of both the Democratic and Republican parties are behind these visas in support of the corporatist class. The corporatists and big money, in turn, donate BIG for these congress peep’s re-elections.
• Obama likes this for other, more sinister, reasons.
• These visas are nothing but ways to put Americans out of work and replace them with lower paid workers.
• You cannot tell me that there are not enough American skilled workers.
• Just look at Disney and USAA as examples. These companies have betrayed America.



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