E-VERIFY RENEWS ABILITY FOR EMPLOYERS TO SIMULTANEOUSLY UPLOAD MULTIPLE HIRING SITES
E-Verify has restored the ability for employers, employer agents, and corporate administrators to upload multiple hiring sites simultaneously. This feature will allow increased efficiency for companies that operate multiple hiring sites by providing an alternative to manual entries and is available for all access methods when adding multiple hiring sites. Users are able to add multiple hiring sites by uploading a CSV file during initial enrollment, or within the company profile post enrollment. Users must also upload a valid CSV file that follows the requirement listed on the “View CSV Guidelines” page. Individual accounts may have an unlimited number of hiring sites but no more than 1,000 hiring sites may be uploaded at a time. Hopefully this restored ability will allow for streamlining and increased effectiveness in the hiring process.
EAGLE ACT PULLED FROM THE HOUSE FLOOR FOLLOWING BIPARTISAN OPPOSITION
Despite having initially received bipartisan support, the Equal Access to Green Cards for Legal Employment Act of 2022 was pulled from House vote amid last minute opposition from key voters. The bill, if passed, would have removed per-country caps on the numbers of employment-based green cards and would have increased the cap on family-based visas from 7% to 15%. The act would have also allowed immigrants who had an approved immigrant visa petition and had waited at least two years for a visa to receive lawful permanent resident status. This was seen as a groundbreaking immigration reform bill. The large majority of employment-based green cards are received by Indian and Chinese national primarily in tech-related fields. Those in opposition to the bill voiced a concern that if per-country caps were eliminated, these nationals would dominate the immigration system. Pulling the bill from vote at this point does not necessarily mean that the bill has been scrapped and Democrats in support of the bill are still pushing for an official House floor vote.
H-1B WORKERS DOMINATE NON-IMMIGRANT VISA CATEGORIES IN THE UNITED STATES
In the past few weeks, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon have laid-off thousands of H-1B workers. Many of these workers were blindsided by the terminations and have been turning to Twitter and LinkedIn to express their frustration. The mass lay-offs have made headlines and newly released statistics show that H-1B workers currently make up 8.4% of the U.S. population, or 28 million of the 334 million U.S. population. The vast majority of these workers are employed in tech-related fields and by a select dozen employers who filed thousands of H-1B applications in F.Y. 2022. By sifting through USCIS data and approved I-129 applications, insidermonkey.com found that Deloitte Touche Tohmattsu Limited, Microsoft, Alphabet Inc., Meta Platforms Inc., and Tata Consultancy Services Limited are the five biggest H-1B employers with a total of roughly 24,000 approved H-1B petitions.