United States law requires companies to only hire individuals who have permission to work in the United States. Employers may sometimes need to hire immigrant workers in order to successfully run their businesses. There are many ways that employers can legally hire immigrant workers. For instance, under United States immigration law, an employer may hire an immigrant worker by filing a worker petition on behalf of the employee. This petition has the benefit of not only permitting the immigrant to work, but permits them, and often times their families, to legally reside in the country during the duration of his or her employment. There are also many ways to bring temporary workers to the United states, such as H1B, H2B, H2A, or E-1 or E-2 visas.
Further, when in doubt of a worker’s eligibility to work in the United States, the federal government has launched a free internet based system called E-Verify to electronically verify an employee’s employment authorization. Currently, participating in E-verify for Maryland businesses is only on a voluntary basis, but legislation is currently being proposed to require it for all Maryland businesses. If you are interested in voluntarily participating in this program, we can help you register and comply with the requirements for doing so. Further, in the event that you discover that you have employed workers who do not have authorization to work in the United States, we can help you rectify this by establishing whether you may be able to sponsor these workers.
If you are interested in finding out more information about how to legally hire immigrants, please contact us, and we would be happy to discuss your options. We are a local, multilingual (English and Spanish) law firm that has been handling business immigration cases n Maryland since 1998. We are dedicated to providing proficient representation to both immigrant workers and their employers, with the goal of forming collaborative relationship that benefit all involved. We look forward to hearing from you.