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Don’t let that candidate get away (while you’re waiting for the H1B Visa)

By March 24, 2014January 18th, 2018No Comments

Most weeks we get calls from companies who want to hire a foreign employee today but need to wait out the H-1B visa process for international employees coming to work in the United States. While tech talent (and the shortage thereof) is easily leading the charge for these requests, it comes across all sectors and geographies. While the particulars vary the challenge is the same: how do you hire an international employee today in a country where you don’t otherwise have a presence while you’re waiting for the H1B approval? In today’s fast paced world and with the war for talent reaching new levels, telling this prospective employee to “hang on” is not an option. The good news is that Velocity Global has a solution.

                                                                                                     

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Let’s back up for a moment and look at why an employer uses an H-1B visa. According to the USCIS, U.S. businesses use the H-1B visa program to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require the theoretical or practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge, including but not limited to: scientists, engineers, or computer programmers. In layman’s terms this visa allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. The H-1B Visa is a great way for US businesses to bring in international talent and help grow their business. Although the visa program can be an essential tool for US businesses to employ, the waiting game can be costly.

This is where Velocity Global comes into play. We can hire this candidate for you in [pick your country] within days. They can stay with us until the visa is approved, at which time we transition the employee back to you and officially begin on the US company’s payroll. We take care of the employment, you maintain management control of the employee. Bottom-line is that you have talent working for you 6-18 months sooner than anticipated, and kept out of the hands of your competition in the meantime.

If you are in a similar situation please give us a call or send an email. We are always here to be of service.

– Ben