As we roll into the New Year, it’s a fabulous time to do a quick audit of your HR function. This will help you start the year on the right foot with a plan. Too often the day-to-day grind keeps us from planning and being strategic. This year, let’s change this!
What is a J-2 Visa holder? And, can we hire a J-2 Visa holder for a position that is located in the United States?
A J-2 Visa holder is a spouse or dependent of a J-1 Visa holder. A J-1 Visa is a non-immigrant visa issued by the United States to research scholars, professors, and exchange visitors participating in programs that promote cultural exchange, especially to obtain medical or business training within the U.S.
A candidate that is a J-2 Visa holder is eligible to work in the United States if they have an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) from the Department of Homeland Security or Immigration.
When you onboard the J-2 Visa holder as an employee of your company, you would use the information on the Employment Authorization Document as a â€œList Câ€ documentation on the I-9 form. An Employment Authorization Document does have an expiration date. Be sure you take note of is the expiration date. You will need to get an updated Employment Authorization Document from the employee if the individual continues employment after the expiration date.
When employing an individual that is a non-US citizen, it is always best to make your attorney aware and consider consulting an immigration attorney to ensure you are in compliance.
I have an employee who was recently married and changed her name. Does she need to complete a new I-9 form with her new name?
As a result of a Reduction in Force (RIF), we have had to reassign certain tasks to other remaining employees. What are some ramifications I need to be aware of as a result of doing so? (i.e. review job descriptions, exempt/non-exempt status, etc.)