Help for Employers and Human Resources
In 1986, Congress enacted the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) to prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants and to keep illegal immigrants from receiving government benefits. IRCA includes:
- Requiring employers to attest to their employees’ immigration status
- Making it illegal to employ unauthorized immigrants
- Granting amnesty to certain seasonal agricultural immigrants
- Granting amnesty to immigrants continuously residing in the United States since before January 1, 1982
Completing the I-9 and Protection against Discrimination
As a result of IRCA all employers must complete a Form 1-9 for every employee hired, regardless of citizenship. Employees must provide employers with documents to prove citizenship. Employers must review these documents for verification and the information must be recorded on the I-9. Employers must keep the I-9 forms for three years or one year after employment ends, whichever is longer. An immigration attorney in Philadelphia can help you sort through these complicated forms.
Many feared that IRCA and the I-9 requirement would lead to discrimination based on national origin and citizen status. However, the government has ensured the rights of people from all nationalities against this type of discrimination.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 Students
Effective April 2008, employers can offer OPT temporary work to an F-1 student that is directly related to the student’s area of study. As a part of pre-completion OPT, employers can offer full-time work when school is not in session and part-time work when it is, once a student is enrolled for a full academic year. Post-completion OPT may be offered upon completion of full-time F-1 studies.
Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers Explain your Rights
A skilled Philadelphia immigration law attorney can help you ensure that your records are accurate and complete. At Surin & Griffin, P.C., we are experienced in working with human resources departments and managers on a variety of immigrant and non-immigrant employee issues. Our immigration lawyers in Philadelphia can help you comply with all government regulations, keep you up to date on any changes and represent you in any immigration matters.
Philadelphia Immigration Law Firm advises Employers
If you are an employer with immigrant employees, you want the experience of the Philadelphia citizenship lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. law firm by your side. We understand the law and we can ensure you are complying with all government regulations. We can be reached by calling 215-925-4435 or by sending us a message through our contact us page.