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Elizabeth Ruiz, KSBY, July 13, 2022
"Stephen Yale-Loehr teaches immigration law at Cornell Law School. "This is a new trend because of the tight labor market and employers need to figure out how to both attract and retain workers," Yale-Loehr said. "And with foreign workers being a growing part of the employment base, benefits to foreign-born workers is increasingly one way that they can entice people to come work for them or to stay with them." He says other workplaces have started to consider stronger immigration benefits. "Amazon has just started a reimbursement program to cover fees for a work permit renewal, which can cost between $410 and $495 every two years," Yale-Loehr said. "Tyson's Foods, which is the biggest U.S. processor, is expanding its immigration benefits by offering a program to its workers to give them free legal services ranging from work authorization renewals to green card and citizenship applications." Companies are also considering or have added benefits like English language training."