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ITA Announces New Immigration Benefits Through Partnerships with Road to Status and Envoy

Tuesday, April 25, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gary Hotze
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The collaborations will provide local tech companies with powerful resources with which to navigate immigration and visa application matters crucial to talent retention.

The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) reinforced their stance on immigration today through strategic partnerships with Road to Status, an organization on the front line of immigration issues, and Envoy, a leading immigration services provider leveraging a proprietary technology platform. Road to Status offers extensive access to popular individual and family-based immigration benefits, such as U.S. Citizenship, DACA, Work Authorization, Green Cards, and Adjustment of Status. Envoy makes it simple for people to work anywhere in the world by bringing efficiency and transparency to a confusing and complicated experience. Envoy’s people and technology keep companies and their employees productive, supported and informed — before, during and after the immigration process.

Through these partnerships, members, employees, and their families will receive access to Road to Status’ online immigration application preparation services at a significant member benefit discount. The collaborations will provide safe, easy to use, and affordable immigration benefits to employees at ITA member companies and their extended families. In addition, ITA member companies will also receive access to low-cost network partner attorney application reviews and other add-on services.

Moreover, the partnerships also demonstrate ITA’s wide support of the bi-partisan BRIDGE act and Chicago’s sanctuary city status. These efforts keep young people here under DACA, ensuring future generations continue to have the opportunities afforded them while promoting economic growth and diversity within the Chicago tech ecosystem.

“Immigrants have played a pivotal role in Chicago’s innovation and tech evolution. We want all members of the tech community to have access to safe and affordable immigration benefits. Supporting programs, such as Envoy and Road to Status, will help grow the size and diversity of our talent pool helps to strengthen our local tech ecosystem. “ —Julia Kanouse, CEO, Illinois Technology Association

“Our company was built on the premise of making immigration support services affordable and more accessible to individuals, families, and businesses of all types. Nearly 1 in 6 people living and working in America are immigrants. Providing low-cost and high quality immigration services as part of a company’s standard benefits offering will become the norm. As true innovators, advocates, and entrepreneurs, ITA again seizes this opportunity to offer a unique benefit to its members at just the right time.” —John Paul Demirdjian, COO/ Principal, Road to Status

“For nearly two decades, Envoy has been helping businesses and immigrants navigate the stressful, confusing and inefficient visa application process. We are grateful for ITA’s support and spotlight on this all too important issue. Immigrants have made a tremendous impact on our society, particularly the Chicago tech scene, and we hope to continue, both in our business and in the community, to remove barriers to encourage diversity and inclusion in the workforce.” —Dick Burke, CEO of Envoy


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