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Utah Immigration

Each year millions of people come to the United States. Many decide to stay to work or study. In Utah, more than 8 percent of residents are foreign born, according to the U.S. Census.

Immigration laws are set by the federal government, but states often pass their own laws. However, rules often change and this can create confusion. A lawyer can help you with any issues that are affected by new laws.

Immigrant Employment Laws in Utah

The U.S. requires all businesses to hire workers lawfully approved to work in the country. Utah has designed laws to enforce federal regulations. Since 2010, the state requires companies to use a verification system when hiring people to work:

  • Employers with more than 15 employees must check applicants' status.
  • Businesses must register with a central status verification system.

Businesses are required to register for the federal system, called E-Verify. Utah also maintains its own system; registering in this system is optional for employers.

Sponsorship Program for Foreign Nationals

Utah has created a program scheduled to launch July 2013. Called the Utah Pilot-Sponsored Resident Immigrant Program, U.S. citizens can sponsor foreign nationals as resident immigrants.

  • Sponsor must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Utah.
  • The sponsor must assume financial responsibility for the foreign national.
  • The foreign national must live outside the U.S. when applying to the program.

Once someone becomes a resident immigrant, the person must remain in Utah. He or she can live, work, or study within the state's borders. To travel outside of Utah, official written consent must be obtained from the state.

Locate a Local Utah Immigration Lawyer Today

The state of Utah has passed many laws to help immigrants become residents or work in the state. Not all of these laws are yet fully in place and may change. A lawyer can help provide the most up-to-date information. Call now to speak with an immigration attorney in Utah at 877-913-7222.