Attorney Williams writes OpED on EB-5 Program, which was published by the Hill
March 7, 2019
Simone Williams moderated an International Trade and Business panel in Dakar, Senegal
July 4, 2018
Simone to appear on RealTalk with Dr. David Anderson on May 28th!
May 13, 2019
DHS announces to launch Known Employer Pilot Program
March 23, 2016
On March 3, 2016 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced to launch the Known Employer Pilot Program (“KEPP) to assess a way to streamline the process for employers seeking to hire workers through employment-based visa categories.
The Pilot Program allows the U.S. employers to request from USCIS to review and predetermine whether the prospective employers satisfies certain eligibility requirements for the select visa classifications before petitioning or applying for individual employees.
The aims of the KEPP are to reduce the amount of paperwork filed by employers, promote consistency in the adjudication of employment-based petitions and applications, streamline the adjudicative process to achieve greater efficiency within USCIS, provide greater support to U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Department of State, leading to greater efficiency and consistency at ports of entry and consular posts.
Two employment-based immigrants classifications (EB-12 and EB-13), and four employment-based nonimmigrants classifications: H-1B, L-1A, L-1B, TN NAFTA are included in Known Employer pilot.
After completing the pilot, DHS plans to announce the results and seek to institute a permanent program open to eligible employers if the project will be successful.