It's a fact: Despite the national debate over immigration, your business can properly hire foreign labor under certain criteria. Foreigners with special skills have the best chance to get hired, but the door also is open to others as well. You'll need government certification to get a visa for a foreign worker, and your first task is to master the various visa categories that apply to foreign labor. The issue is complex so you'll need a three-part strategy to deal with potential problem areas:
- Assess your labor needs, particularly for skilled or hard-to-fill positions.
- Learn about applicable federal rules – and paperwork requirements – that cover your request.
- Work with your potential employee to navigate the U.S. labor and immigration system.
Identify special skill needsThe federal government has H-1B temporary visas available for professionals in a "specialty occupation" who generally must have at least a bachelor's degree and special knowledge in science, technology, medicine or other areas.
rules on H-1B visas then get Form ETA 9035E to apply to the U.S. Department of Labor. If approved, file a petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for one of 65,000 available visas.
Don't forget tempsThe federal government offers H-2B visas for employers who need to fill a specific, documented worker shortage for up to one year. These workers could help with seasonal or peak load work.
rules on H-2B visas then get Form ETA 750 and file it at least 60 days before you need government certification for a visa. The Immigration Service also must approve these requests.
Fill unique vacanciesInvolved in agriculture or health care?Special foreign worker programs may help you fill a need.
H-2A visa certification to hire a seasonal agricultural worker or H-1C visa certification to hire a foreign nurse in an area with a shortage of health care workers.
Go long termWant to extend a work visa? The federal government accepts applications for a foreign specialist to remain in the United States permanently, particularly in occupations with a documented U.S. worker shortage.
permanent labor certification.