Join AGC of America and one of the nation’s leading business immigration experts for a complimentary webinar on navigating the employment-based immigration system.
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (ET)
Join AGC of America and one of the nation’s leading business immigration experts for a complimentary webinar on navigating the employment-based immigration system. As contractors continue to face workforce shortages, accessing foreign labor is becoming a more sought-after option.
In response to these challenges, AGC has put together a toolkit for its members that seeks to highlight the alternate ways to employ foreign talent currently in the U.S. and/or bring in foreign talent when U.S. workers are not available.
This webinar will review the NEW AGC toolkit and give contractors practical guidance to navigate immigration laws. More information on the forthcoming toolkit to be released during the webinar.
Some AGC members have used the H-2B visa program which is one of the few existing U.S work visas which allows foreign nationals to come and work in the United States temporarily. There are however also many humanitarian programs that provide work authorization for foreign-born talent in the US and a few programs where sponsorship by a member could enable the member to support and bring in work authorized individuals to the U.S.
These programs include:
- Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Many foreign nationals in the U.S. have received TPS and work authorization.
- Humanitarian Parole (HP) – the current Administration has established specific programs for nationals from Ukraine, Afghanistan, Cuban, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela. HP recipients are also eligible for work authorization.
- Political Asylum – Applicants for political asylum are eligible for work authorization at certain stages of the process. Those granted asylum have full work authorization.
- Refugees – Refugees in the U.S. have full work authorization.
Some of these programs are very short term and some longer-term/permanent. In this time, when there are clear and distinct worker shortage across all construction industry sectors, we hope that this toolkit and webinar will be useful in providing ideas for alternative sources of employment.
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