Charles River develops employment visa pathway

The pathway to permanent legal residency in the United States is complicated. Charles River is offering its employees a helping hand.

Charles River has partnered with a not-for-profit legal organization to assist CRC employees wanting employment-based green cards. Also known as a Permanent Resident Card, a green card allows the holder to live and work permanently in the United States.

Cambridge-based Pathways for Immigrant Workers and Charles River’s Human Resources Department first determined that direct support professionals – or DSPs – were the employees most interested in obtaining a green card.

“Next, we relied on Pathways to obtain what’s called a ‘prevailing wage determination” from the U. S. Department of Labor,” said Kevin Kacavich, Vice President of Human Resources. “The determination certifies that the wages Charles River pays a foreign worker is the same it pays a U.S. citizen. The Department of Labor also certifies that there aren’t enough U.S. workers who are able, willing and available for the job we’re seeking to fill.”

Pathways worked with Charles River to file immigrant visa petitions with U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of CRC employees. Once USCIS approves an employer’s application for permanent employment certification, the employee receives an approved immigrant visa petition. With that, an employee can apply for lawful permanent residence, also known as a green card.

“Pathways is an excellent guide for both employer and employee,” Kevin said. “Being able to offer this visa pathway benefit will support retention and recruitment. It will also establish Charles River as an employer of choice for prospective employees.”