Visa Applications: The Lay of the H-1B Land and Visa Alternatives that Today’s Workplaces Need to Consider

In a recent survey, more than half of the companies Harris Poll reached said they intend to hire more foreign workers, Forbes reported recently. That’s an increase of more than 20 percent over 2016 levels, the news outlet noted.

At a time when political debate about tightening U.S. borders is rampant, new federal legislation has been introduced to double the minimum salary of H1-B visa holders to $130,000. Add in the suspension of the fast-track process for H-1B worker visas, and HR leaders in tech, financial services, health care, academia, and other industries need to think about how they’re going to balance the business needs of hiring and developing global talent amid a potentially shrinking pool of options to obtain authorizations for foreigners to enter the workforce in the United States. They also need to know best practices for avoiding legal tripwires in the H1-B visa filing process, and they should know that right now many employers are seeking alternatives to H1-Bs, including TN, E, L and others. What other visa types are available,  and how can your company take advantage of them? This session will cover these questions and much more.

During this session, you’ll learn:

  • The current status of President Trump’s controversial travel ban, on which the Supreme Court will soon hear arguments
  • The effect the U.S.-based immigration system may have on hiring and retention strategies of the future
  • How the High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017 or the RAISE Act would revamp the H-1B visa program and the practical impact this or similarly introduced legislation could have on business growth strategies for U.S.-based employers
  • The potential costs and benefits of hiring global talent vs. American workers (and vice versa)
  • How to evaluate whether hiring foreign nationals will be important to your company’s talent acquisition strategy for the short-term and the long haul
  • Whether moving business operations to Canada may make sense, given Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment to “open” borders
  • Which jobs generally qualify for the H1-B visa and how to tell which of your current or future workers will need one
  • The latest on the upcoming H1-B filing cap for 2018—and which organizations might be exempt
  • Documents you need to keep after filing an H1-B petition
  • The top legal mistakes to avoid during the H1-B visa filing process, particularly concerning delays in employment start dates, job duty changes, and regional transfers
  • How to handle a situation in which an H1-B worker is terminated or quits
  • With H-1B visa capped and under attack, which other visa options exist
  • Your other visa options including NAFTA visas, E visas, J visas, L visas and O visas.