There is a glut of educated professionals looking for work. In fact, there are numerous engineers, chemists and other professionals who would gladly work for your company. However, many of them may have been born and educated in another country. Don't let the process of international hiring scare you off from finding talent that fits precisely with your company's needs.
Florida companies who have just hired new employees or who are recruiting people for a job might want to make sure they are aware of upcoming changes to the I-9 employment form. People who have just been hired will be able to use the version of the I-9 form that was revised November 2016. This version is valid until September 2017. Anyone an employer hires after Sept. 17, 2017 will be required to use the I-9 form that was revised July 2017.
Imagine you are about to lose your top employee. Not to another company offering higher wages or a better benefits package, but because their temporary work visa is due to expire. Your right-hand man (or woman) is about to face deportation and you have only one option -- help your star employee get her green card.
The United States makes a certain amount of visas available for people from specific countries. There are usually 50,000 visas available each year for people from areas that have a low immigration rate to the U.S. There are very specific requirements that potential immigrants have to meet in order to be eligible for one of these limited visas. If the applicant meets all of the qualifications, he or she will be included in a lottery drawing for one of the diversity visas. However, if the applicant is not eligible, he or she will not receive a visa.
Most people would naturally assume that industries like hospitality, landscaping, food processing, retail and even construction would have little problem finding a steady supply of workers. However, this is far from the case.
Last time, we examined how federal law requires employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires -- citizens and non-citizens alike -- via the Form I-9, and how this document is submitted to the E-Verify system, a database run by the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.
Ask anyone who's actively searching for a job, and he or she will tell you that the process is exhausting. That's because there are postings to search, resumes and cover letters to prepare, and several rounds of interviews to attend.
When an individual makes the choice to start their own company, they know from the outset that it will take a significant investment of time, money and energy. Indeed, as difficult as the process of forming a lucrative startup can be for the average U.S. citizen, it can be even more difficult for an immigrant.
Over the last few months, Weiss, Alden & Polo, P.A has been closely monitoring discussions on Capitol Hill concerning the H-1B visa program, which enables companies to bring foreign workers here to the U.S. to help fill the existing skills gap.
Last week, our blog reported how the submission window for H-1B visa applications had closed in five days, marking the fifth consecutive year that the 85,000 visa cap was reached within this narrow time frame.