Business Immigration in the ‘Buy American & Hire American’ Era: Strategies for Employers
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When: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Where: Online - GoToWebinar
United States
Contact: SHRM-Atlanta

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Business Immigration in the 'Buy American & Hire American' Era: Strategies for Employers

The administration has begun to make significant changes to the U.S. immigration system. Employment-based visas and permanent residency applications are under increased scrutiny, adding even more hurdles for employers seeking to attract and retain high-skilled foreign talent. These changes – including a dramatic increase in RFEs, the end of “deference”, and an enhanced focus on compliance -- are the result of a major shift in how immigration policy is being administered behind the scenes. This webinar will help employers understand and prepare for these fundamental shifts in the immigration landscape, including proactive steps to mitigate the effect of these changes.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the changes that are taking place within the employment-based immigration system, and the impact of those changes on the employment of high-skilled foreign national employees.
  • Learn about steps employers can take to mitigate these changes and minimize disruption to business operations.
  • Gain insight on adapting policies to maintain a competitive immigration program that attracts top talent.

SHRM BoCK (Competencies):

  • HR Expertise (HR Knowledge)
  • Global & Cultural Effectiveness
  • Critical Evaluation
  • Consultation
  • Communication





Jacob D. Cherry, Associate, Ogletree Deakins

Jacob Cherry is an immigration attorney in the Atlanta office of Ogletree Deakins, a global labor and employment firm. His practice is focused on employment-based immigration and worksite compliance matters. Jacob works with multinational organizations to secure immigration benefits for their employees and provide guidance on immigration-related compliance matters. Jacob also counsels and advises employers on the implementation of immigration programs that align with specific hiring, employee retention, and global mobility goals, and he partners with companies to develop immigration strategies to address evolving adjudication standards at Citizenship & Immigration Services, the Department of State, the Department of Labor, and Customs & Border Protection.


Jacob has represented employers across a wide variety of industries, including information technology, financial services, health care and pharmaceuticals, higher education, and manufacturing. He has represented foreign companies that seek to establish new operations in the U.S., and he has provided advice to foreign nationals who wish to start entrepreneurial ventures. Jacob has also advised and counseled clients in a wide range of worksite compliance issues, including I-9 and E-Verify matters, as well as investigations by the Department of Labor.



  • Member: Complimentary
  • Non-Member: $30

Re-certification Credit: (1) HRCI General Credit and (1) PDC SHRM Credit

Who Should Attend: HR/hiring professionals, innovative business leaders