There are a lot of reasons for businesses to seek foreign workers to fill their ranks. Some businesses need to cut costs, so they hire foreign workers. But a lot of businesses need skilled talent that may not be available locally.
Tech companies are a prime example. They often need to hire foreigners to meet specialist skills that may not be available domestically. When a business wants to hire foreign workers, there are a few options available:
Outsource the Work to Foreigners
Outsourcing is able to be done online or through a third-party. Around 59% of businesses claim that outsourcing is a cost-cutting tool, but 47% also claim that these foreign workers help solve capacity issues.
There's a reason why call centers often use foreign workers – they're cheaper.
Outsourcing to a third-party company, one that manages a group of foreign workers, requires no visas and a lot less “red tape” than trying to secure a visa.
The downside is that you’ll be going through a third-party.
Costs can be higher by using an outsourcing agency, but you also don’t need to pay for equipment and in-depth training. Customer service receptionists, for example, will have systems in place to answer calls, and they are already highly trained.
It makes sense for the world’s largest businesses to offload their call center needs to someone else rather than taking on the overhead themselves.
Explore Visa Options
If outsourcing is not an option, then exploring visas are a great option. There are a lot of different visas, but two of the most common are:
- L1 visas
- H-1B visas
L1 Visas are meant for larger entities that are expanding into the United States. These visas are for employees of either the business itself or for partner corporations, subsidiaries or branches of a business.
NAFTA allows for Canadians to apply for the L-1 visa, but with the trade agreement being threatened, changes will occur.
H-1B visas are the go-to visa option for companies because it’s a visa that is designed for highly educated foreigners. These visas are meant for entrepreneurs, highly skilled individuals or “gifted innovators.”
Limits on H-1B visas are in place annually, so there is a need to apply for a visa early on so that the limit is not met.
The hiring of foreigners has been shown to create jobs, and for every foreigner hired under the H-1B visa, some 3:1 jobs have been created. But there are only 65,000 such visas offered annually. It's important to work with a lawyer that can best guide your business on the right visa option for your entity.
Once a worker has been shown to be a vital cog in a business’ operations, it may be an option to apply for a green card or permanent form of residency for the employee.
Hiring foreign workers is an important role in a business’ growth, and despite all of the backlash of hiring foreign workers, the statistics show that the hiring of these highly-skilled workers can lead to job creation, too.
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