What Employers Need to Know about President Obama’s New Immigration Executive Order

President Barack Obama’s new immigration policy contains a number of measures designed to make it easier for U.S. businesses to hire and retain highly skilled foreign-born workers while also permitting those workers to advance their careers.

On Nov. 20, President Obama issued a number of executive actions to revise U.S. immigration policies that he said are important steps to fixing the country’s broken immigration system. 

The bulk of attention has focused on the creation of a new deferred action program for an estimated 5 million undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, who would be eligible to apply for work authorization permits for a period of three years if they register with U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), pass a criminal background check and pay taxes.

Somewhat lost in the mix, however, was a slew of policy changes that President Obama said are intended “make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed.”

Click here to view the possible changes that will affect the hiring and retention of high-skilled foreign born workers.

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