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During the 2021 general legislative session, the Utah Legislature passed H.B. 404, which created the Utah Immigration Assistance Center. As defined by statute, its purpose is to be a one-stop resource for individuals and businesses seeking immigration guidance and information on Utah’s foreign labor rules and regulations.

The Utah Immigration Assistance Center coordinates with state and federal government partners to facilitate the successful use of foreign labor programs and coordinates with other entities engaged in international efforts.

 

Resources For Businesses

After a decade of unprecedented growth, Utah has the No. 1 economy and the country’s No. 2 lowest unemployment rate. With this growth comes tremendous opportunities for Utah businesses to expand, creating the need for talent and skills that may not be available locally.

If a business finds that it needs to hire a foreign-based worker with those skills, it’s up to them to navigate the process of getting them into the U.S.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), this process is called getting a Foreign Labor Certification and usually involves getting “approval from several government agencies.”

First, employers must seek labor certification through the U.S. Department of Labor. Next, the employer must petition the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) for a visa. Following this, the Department of State (DOS) will issue an immigrant visa number to the foreign worker for U.S. entry.

Getting a Foreign Labor Certification can be outlined in six steps:

  1. The employer must ensure that the position meets the qualifying criteria for the requested program.
  2. The employer must complete the ETA form designated for the requested program. This may include the form and any supporting documentation (e.g., job description, applicant’s resume, etc.).
  3. The employer must ensure that the wage offered equals or exceeds the prevailing wage for the occupation in the area of intended employment.
  4. The employer must ensure that the compliance issues effected upon receipt of a foreign labor certification are entirely understood.
  5. The completed ETA form is submitted to the designated Department of Labor office for the requested program (e.g., SWA, processing center, or the national office).
  6. The employer is notified of the determination of the Department of Labor.

Sources
https://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/about.cfm
DWS: About the Foreign Language Certification

Suazo Business Center

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Catholic Immigration Services

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Immigration Services

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Holy Cross Ministries Legal Immigration Program

This organization helps immigrants and families gain legal status.

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Communidas Unidas

This organization provides resources to immigrants in Utah. Spanish resources are available.

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International Rescue Committee

This organization helps individuals with legal needs.

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Utah Immigration Collaborative

An initiative launched by the IRC, Catholic Community Services of Utah, Comunidades Unidas, Holy Cross Ministries, and Immigrant Legal Services, that provides legal assistance for low-income refugees, asylees, immigrants, and other displaced persons in Salt Lake County.

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