Hiring Outside of the States: How to Bring Your New Employee to America

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Many industries are in dire need of trained professionals to function properly in the marketplace. Valuable employees are necessary in growing any business. However, many industries must go outside of the United States in order to recruit the type of talent they need, which can be a problematic and time-consuming process. Of course, this involves dealing with the federal government in terms of approval for valid entry into the country, so be prepared for slow movement on approval unless the demand is high for the applicant’s services and abilities. The medical and internet technology fields are both in this class. There is a definite path for employer sponsoring of a needed employee, but there are also limits in how many and what type of work visas can be issued in any given category.

Understanding the Application Process

The potential employer will have an application process just like the potential immigrant worker. The original application form will be officially assigned and must be approved according to the qualifications of both the employer and employee. The employer application will indicate a “priority date” for the foreign worker to apply for legal immigration to the United States. It is important to understand that foreign national workers are approved by priority, and all qualifications should be met before the actual priority date. This is a crucial part of the process, because there are no time limits on government approval. This could be a problem for industries such as farming that rely on necessary workers during specific seasonal intervals, so seasonal workers can begin in temporary status. Consulting with an immigration attorney may be a good information source concerning what to expect. For more information on the application process refer to VisaEase.

Understanding Priority and Limited Visa Approvals

There several different types of temporary visas, and some are more desirable than others because of priority and government quotas. There is a finite number of applications that can be approved in each category, and the priority is determined by the vacancies in that employment field. Applications that clearly indicate that the worker is qualified for visa approval, as well as qualified within the economic need, the process can be completed relatively quickly. Of course, informational discrepancies can cause the approval process to slow down. The key for the employer is determining the best visa type to apply for and allowing plenty of time for the bureaucratic process. Having some information concerning the number of visas available in any industry group can ensure some certainty of approval.

Understanding Temporary and Permanent Visas

There is a significant difference between temporary and permanent visas classes. Temporary visas are available in many classifications and may work best for some employers, but permanent visas come in four basic groups. The first group is determined by qualifying for one of the amnesty classes certified by Congress. Other immigrants seeking permanent status may be sponsored by their individual families. Employers can sponsor workers for permanent residency and the qualified worker may begin while the application is being finalized. In addition, the visa applicant may qualify in multiple groups. Temporary visa candidates can pay a $1000 filing fee for processing within a guaranteed fifteen-day period, and transition from temporary to permanent status may be the best of all options if the fee is not out of the question.

Performing the necessary due diligence research before beginning an employer sponsorship program is always a good start. Consulting with others who may be utilizing the service can be an excellent source of information, as many cases are basically similar, and beginning the process with ample time to allow an approval can be the best all-around strategy in employer sponsorship.

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