Human Resources and Immigrant Workers

Because of the political climate in the country, federal and state governments have erected more onerous barriers to immigration. Partly the result of the economy, partly the result of national security concerns, these new immigration regulations are making it harder for human resource departments to find the skilled workers that companies need.

The report showed that two-fifths of Canadian firms are planning to hire people from other countries, compared to just one-fifth in the United States.

Because of this adversarial climate to immigration, human resource departments are putting more emphasis on recruiting and keeping local people. According to a recent report, two-thirds of human resource professionals in the United States and Canada acknowledge that these tougher immigration policies are forcing them to do more to recruit and retain local people, especially in areas such as health care, where more scientific and technical skills are needed.

The report also showed that hiring immigrant workers has become more time consuming because of the time it takes to process paperwork.

In the United States, only 140,000 employment-related immigrant visas are made available each year under the provisions of United States immigration law. There is extensive paperwork involved. The applicant needs a labor certification and filing petition to be considered for an immigrant visa. The employer where the applicant will be working must first get a labor certification approval from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Then the employer has to file an Immigrant and Petition for Alien Worker form with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.

First preference for employment is given to persons with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. It’s also given to outstanding professors and researchers with at least three years of teaching or research, as well as multinational managers or executives

The second preference category for immigrant employment includes professionals who hold an advanced degree and persons with exceptional ability in the sciences, arts or business. Third preference for immigrant employment is given to skilled workers, people whose jobs require at least two years of training or work experience. This category also includes professionals, members for the professions who jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree, and unskilled workers.

If you need skilled workers fast for your Seattle, Chicago, Anchorage, Lake Oswego, or Tacoma firm, contact the Opti Staffing Group. We can find you skilled workers for your temporary, temp-to-hire and direct-hire assignments. We look forward to hearing from you.

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