Microsoft will review its hiring practices after the U.S. Department of Justice finds that a software developer wants more information than necessary in order to become a citizen of those looking for jobs.
The Department of Justice said that when announcing the agreement with Microsoft, that between February 2018 and January 2020, the organization violated corporate law by requiring six or more legal citizens to renew their ongoing work permit.
Microsoft regularly sends e-mails to verify authorization for the use of permanent residence cards, and asks at least three employees, who have become legal citizens after joining Microsoft, to show their identity cards, the agreement said.
The agency will pay a small fine to the U.S. Treasury and has agreed to suspend certain practices, such as telling employees with permanent residency to upload copies of their green cards. Microsoft should also have U.S. immigrant staff who receive training presentations from the Department of Justice.
Microsoft and peers like Apple, Facebook and Google often rely on immigrants to increase their staff in the U.S. and spend more money on recruiting people to make it easier to hire talent overseas. The company chief executive Satya Nadella, who gave up his green card to obtain an H-1B VISA after moving to the U.S. from India, is aiming for a change in immigration.
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The tech giant was one of the parties holding back Trump’s previous attempts to retaliate against Obama-era’s retreat for childhood immigrants, or the DACA program, which protects some immigrants who protect illegal immigrants in the US as children in exile. and enables them to obtain operating permits. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to keep DACA in place.
A Microsoft spokesman said in a statement that the organization was addressing issues raised in the DOJ investigation and its resolution.