The EB3-Other (EW) Program

EB3-Other (EW) program is intended to be an employment program rather than mere immigration benefits program. There are many U.S. employers who are having hard time employing and retaining enough U.S. workers. Rather than hiring illegal immigrants, some of these employers will sponsor foreign workers for immigration benefits in exchange for those workers working for them for at least one year. It is important to note that the Job Offer is a Permanent, full-time job, not a temporary or time-limited contract, and it is the same offer made to both U.S. workers as well as the foreign workers. The only difference is that U.S. workers will walk-in and be hired and put to work immediately while the foreign workers will, due to the lengthy time that immigration process takes, the employer asks the workers to commit to them a minimum of 1-year employment in order to go through this lengthy process of sponsoring.

This foreign sponsorship is designed to supplement the local, U.S. hiring process, not to replace them. Thus, any U.S. employer who starts this EW sponsorship program must show that they hired all the eligible and willing workers who applied before sponsoring any foreign workers. The priority must be given to the U.S. workers who want to work over any foreign workers. Thus, any employer who predominantly relies on foreign sponsorship for majority of their workforce is not adhering to the laws.

WA Law Group and Case Farms

Attorneys of WA Law Group has been the immigration counsel for Case Farms since 2006. They advise and assist Case Farms to do the recruitment for foreign labor certification process and work with several foreign immigration consulting agencies to refer their emigration clients, who promise to be diligent and reliable workers for Case Farms and help those workers and their families with their immigration process. Unlike other employers, Case Farms staff directly files any PERM LC application from their headquarters rather than allowing any broker or agents to file those LC applications. Attorneys of WA Law Group will prepare the recruitment report, template LC application and Audit response after reviewing the U.S. recruitment done by Case Farms’ staff.

WA Law Group Focus on Employer Personnel Needs

WA Law Group stresses that this program is to help the employer supplement their recruitment and hiring of local, U.S. workers, who tend to leave only weeks after being hired, and is not designed mainly to offer immigration benefits. What sets WA Law Group apart from other brokers or immigration attorneys who work with an employer on this type of EW program is that they focus on the personnel needs of the employer rather than focusing on providing immigration benefits to the foreign workers. They state that most foreign workers are grateful for getting permanent resident status for their whole family and work diligently for the employer who was kind enough to sponsor them. Because the production line work for Case Farms is very difficult – processing up to 40 birds per minute following the conveyor line – WA Law Group insists that foreign agencies to personally apprise the potential workers of the work difficulties and obtain the signed Agreement to Work before accepting them into the Case Farms EW program.