The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is currently considering a new pilot program to streamline the adjudication of certain types of employment-based immigration benefit requests submitted by eligible U.S. employers. This new program, the Known Employer pilot program should be launched by late 2015. The program is designed to make adjudications more efficient and less costly and reduce paperwork and delays for both DHS and the U.S. employer applicants.
The program will be jointly administered by USCIS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Its goal would be to expedite and facilitate legitimate cross-border business travel along the norther border ports of entry. In particular, the program would “explore the feasibility of incorporating a trusted employer concept in the processing of business travelers between Canada and the United States.”