The United States is a large country, boasting more than 325 million people. Despite the diverse population, sometimes employers have needs that can not be met by hiring local workers. Some jobs, particularly those in the technology and engineering fields, are so specific that there are no qualified workers in the United States. Therefore, employers often have to search for employees outside of the country and bring the workers here through the immigration employment visa process.
However, the visa process can be complicated and time-consuming. It also comes with requirements for employers. If the employer finds the right candidate, bringing them over to work can be worth the investment.
As an employer, your main concern when hiring is finding the best person for the job. The employment visa process can greatly expand your talent pool. Is this process right for you? Read on to discover what you, as an employer, should know about employment visas.
Immigration employment has many advantages. It works well for small business owners who need employees but do not have a lot of money to spend. Immigrant workers are often willing to accept work that pays a lower wage than many Americans would consider acceptable.
Immigration employment also expands a company’s talent pool. For specialized positions that require a certain skill set or education, looking beyond the United States can be helpful. There are talented people across the world, and sometimes you can not limit yourself to the United States.
Another benefit to consider is that the employee you hire must stay employed (by the petitioner, in most cases) in the United States in order to stay here legally. This means that the foreigner will likely be very loyal to your company. He or she will do everything possible to stay employed, following company rules and working hard to finish tasks without complaint. The same thing can not be said of all American workers, who have the freedom to pursue other employment opportunities in the U.S.
There are some downsides to consider, as well. The biggest issue is the language barrier. If you do not speak Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, or another language, it can be hard to communicate with a foreign employee. It also poses some difficulties if the employee is in a customer-facing position in which he or she will be expected to communicate often.
There are also legal issues. The employee will need a visa in order to work here. That will require fees on the employer’s part as well as filling out an application and hoping it gets approved. The process can take a long time.
As an employer, you no doubt want the best people working for your company. This may mean going outside of the United States to find talented employees. Is immigration employment the right choice for you?
The Lake Station lawyers at Kriezelman Burton & Associates, LLC can offer you the advice you need when making such a decision. The visa process can be long and arduous, but rewarding. Learn more about your options. To schedule a consultation, fill out the online form or call (312) 332-2550.
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