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Why Today's HR Rock Stars Need Immigration Management Skills 

Scott Ferrin, SHRM-SCP, Field Services Director, SHRM (Mesa, AZ) 

Wednesday | 10:30 - 11:30 AM | Room 104

Learn in this session why in today's globalized economy top HR professionals need to be proficient in immigration management. Explore the reasons why employment-based immigration planning is essential to successful hiring strategies -- whether you have foreign nationals in your workforce or whether you need to hire the perfect candidate. And, review the seven key lessons you need to know about hiring foreign nationals to work in the United States, including: 1) The limitations on available visas; 2) The financial investments required; 3) The work that goes into hiring foreign nationals; 4) The time required to complete visa processes; 5) Documentation requirements; 6) Compliance issues; and 7) Potential changes ahead with immigration reform. 

Scott D. Ferrin has been a field services director for SHRM since 2010. His primary responsibilities include managing state council relationships, serving as a liaison with state councils, chapters and volunteer leaders, and promoting SHRM membership. He attends State Council meetings and conferences, and, as his schedule permits, chapter events. Scott resides in Mesa, Arizona, and supports SHRM members in Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. He has served in a variety of volunteer organizations prior to joining SHRM as a member of the staff. Most recently, he was the legislative director for the East Valley Human Resources Association (EVHRA), an affiliate chapter of SHRM located in Arizona. Scott is certified as a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and a Project Management Professional (PMP). 

Scott has 20 years of work experience in HR. Prior to joining the SHRM staff, he held titles as a senior workforce planner, workforce planning manager, talent manager, recruiter, site HR generalist, and site HR manager for companies ranging in size from Fortune 500 down to start-up companies with 20 employees. He has worked in the mining, financial services, insurance and education industries during his career. Scott has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from Weber State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.