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What employers should consider when hiring immigrant workers

Did you know that U.S. employers have the ability to host or sponsor an immigrant worker for a green card, also known as legal permanent resident status? Beyond that, there are temporary employment visas available to those immigrants who employers deem attractive for hiring at their company. There are also non-immigrant visas available.

Whatever the situation, employers have a decent amount of pull when it comes hiring, regardless of their current immigration status. Finding good employees can be hard, so if a business finds a person they deem perfect for a job, it can be very beneficial for them to obtain some type of work visa, or even a full out green card, for this employee. Employers are tasked with verifying a worker's eligibility to work, though, so if that employee does not have proof of citizenship, then steps that should be taken to ensure that these individuals are hired properly and in accordance with federal and state law.

This process can be tricky, though, because employers are barred from hiring employees without legal status. However, they are also prohibited from discriminating against job applicants or employees based on national origin or citizenship status. Temporary visas can often be obtained for an employee, which can serve short-term needs. A temporary visa can also tide a person over while they seek a green card.

Business immigration questions can come from both an employee and employer, but employers are generally held to a higher responsibility to complete these legal and hiring processes correctly. Failure to do so could result in ramifications for the employer and the employee. Employment based immigration is one way for those who are seeking citizenship or employment to legally gain access to work or live in the United States. This ensures their job is regulated as others are under United States labor law. Those who think they need assistance handling these oftentimes-complicated matters can speak with an immigration attorney of their choosing.

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