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Utilizing immigrant and non-immigrant visas

Many employers find that immigrant workers are the ideal candidates for their work, but utilizing these workers is not always an easy process. Depending on the field of work and the workers available to fill a position, obtaining the proper work visas and complying with immigration and labor laws can feel like assembling a puzzle without all the pieces.

If your business wishes to utilize immigrant workers, you should pay special attention to the visa process. In some cases, obtaining proper visas for workers take so much time and effort, it makes it less profitable than employers expect. In order for an employer to keep their interests protected, a strong legal strategy is necessary. High-quality legal resources and guidance can help you navigate this complicated field and find the workers that fit your needs while complying with the law.

Non-immigrant visas

Depending on the nature of the employment and the field of available workers, it is possible for an immigrant worker to obtain a non-immigrant visa. These visas allow a worker to hold a job in the United States temporarily. These temporary visas are not one-size-fits-all, so the employer must review the law and choose the correct temporary visa for the situation.

Employers may not apply for visas ahead of time for potential workers, but instead must show that a job needs to be filled and that there is a worker available to fill that job. If an immigrant worker obtains a temporary visa and then loses their job before the visa expires, they may not continue to work in the United States.

Immigrant visas

Longer-term visas require even more leg-work on the part of the employer. Depending on the specifics of the job that the employer hopes to fill and the country of origin of the potential employee, applying for an immigrant visa may take multiple years.

In addition, the employer must often demonstrate that there are no other candidates who can fill the job domestically. While it is certainly possible to sponsor an immigrant to work in the United States, the process is lengthy and sometimes expensive. Before you commit to this process, make sure to carefully assess the benefits and disadvantages.

Keeping your business protected during this process is no easy task. Take great care to use the strength of the law to keep your company's interests protected while you work through the proper channels to hire the candidate that best fits your needs.

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