Finding the right talent for hard-to-fill roles, especially in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) positions, is challenging. That’s why we created the ultimate go-to guide for recruiting foreign talent. In our ebook Hiring a Foreign National Employee: Essential Sourcing and Screening Guide, author, speaker and consultant Laurie Ruettimann asked five leading HR influencers how to create a talent acquisition strategy that will help you source and screen the best global talent. Here’s an excerpt from one of our experts.
Update: The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Optional Practical Training (OPT) work program extension began May 10. Companies across the country may now employ international students, skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, for 24 additional months. This program helps recruiters and HR managers overcome skills gap setbacks by hiring burgeoning talent from U.S. universities and colleges. Learn more about the new OPT extension in the blog post below, which was first published in early March.
The war for tech talent is fierce as high-skill roles go unfilled and top workers are lured away by hefty incentives offered by competitors. In this aggressive recruiting landscape, the skills gap only adds to problem. To keep up, many companies are turning to an immediate solution: foreign nationals. Yet sourcing and screening foreign talent can seem daunting.
For HR, managing the U.S. immigration process can be tough — but imagine being a foreign national moving to a new country and settling into a new workplace at the same time. As an HR professional, it’s up to you to develop an onboarding program that gives each employee his or her best chance at succeeding in your organization. As you fine-tune your new hire orientation process, keep in mind that your foreign national worker may need some extra attention.
Every two years, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reviews its Immigration Examinations Fee Account (IEFA). In fiscal year 2015, IEFA funded 94 percent of the agency’s initiatives, showing a heavy reliance on the account.
The skills gap is real, and it’s not going away. At a company level, employers search for qualified talent and find themselves falling short. But what are the implications of skilled worker shortages on the U.S. economy and at the industry level? And what immediate solutions will truly help companies meet their goals?
In this installment of our attorney Q&A series, we’ve enlisted Karen Gillespie, an attorney from Global Immigration Associates (VISANOW’s exclusively retained law firm) to answer common PERM process questions, collected from the attendees of our recent How to Master the Green Card Process webinar.