U.S. employers should take note of the House GOP’s announcement on January 30, 2014, because it could signal a move towards mandatory participation in E-Verify and an increase in the number of visas available to foreign workers. Specifically, House leaders announced their support for stronger employment verification and workplace enforcement as well as an increase in the number of employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visas made available to foreign workers. These issues were also addressed in the immigration reform bill S. 744 passed by the Senate in June 2013. If both houses of Congress come to an agreement on these two issues, 2014 could bring about significant changes for employers.

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