US Immigration Enforcement targets Employers hiring workers without valid US Work Visas

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has released their “Strategic Priorities for Fiscal Years 2010-2014” document, which details ICEs plans to “create a culture of employer compliance” in dealing with corporations and businesses who hire workers with none or expired US Work visas.

The plan promises aggressive criminal and civil enforcement against employers who hire workers without a visa knowingly, but the plan also intends to offer protection to these workers by enforcing action and criminal investigations against employers who abuse or exploit them.

Currently, the Department of Homeland Security has a program called E-Verify, which lets employers check a giant database for worker visas to see if they are valid and to see if a worker is eligible for employment in the United States. Only those who hire federal-contract employees are mandated to check it in most areas, but the new priorities list intends create a public support campaign for the companies that use it, as only a few states have made the use of the E-Verify program mandatory for all businesses. Otherwise, it’s voluntary.

More money will also be allocated to creating staff and tools to deport those who overstay their non-immigrant visas, which are the types given for business, education of medical purposes. Further, ICE is also planning on bringing criminal charges to those who lie on their visa applications by expanding their document fraud task forces.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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