H-1B cap season can be stress-free if you start early and have the right help.
“You’ve seen the commercials on TV, where the family’s going on vacation and the dad says: ‘Did we shut the lights off? Did we turn the air down? Did we lock the doors?’ And they do it all from their phones,” says Jo Ann Rainwater, senior HR generalist at Asurion. “We are the company that is technical support for consumers trying to connect every electronic gadget in their house.”
Leveraging technology enabled Asurion to become the global leader it is today. And they rely on technology to fuel efficiency in every aspect of their organization, down to its immigration services provider.
Working with Envoy, they grant global employees a level of support and expertise never before received with a traditional immigration firm. As the busy H-1B cap season nears, they’re making immigration a priority for their organization by starting the cap petition process now.
In anticipation of a hectic cap season, dealing with other HR tasks like performance reviews, benefit planning and more, Asurion opened multiple H-1B cases before the start of the holiday season.
Starting H-1B cap season early removes the stress
“Getting a head start on H-1B cap season with Envoy was the best decision,” Rainwater says. “Envoy made it so simple, giving me and our employees plenty of time and attention to work through our cap cases with no rush and stress.”
Specifically, Asurion and its employees can complete the various parts of the H-1B cap petition process, such as the Labor Condition Application, document sourcing, questionnaire completion and review the finalized form in a supportive, worry-free environment.
Starting early gives employees extra confidence
“Our employees like the peace of mind of starting early,” she says. “It helps them feel more confident in the process when they have ample time to source the right documents and ask the attorneys questions.”
Starting H-1B cap season early provided invaluable benefit to their employees. Many are not familiar with the H-1B cap petition requirements, which can generate uncertainty around the process. A comforting and helpful provider makes all the difference in creating welcoming experiences for these new employees.
Starting early provides an extra layer of protection
“Mistakes happen when you are rushing. So this way we ensured everything was done correctly, hopefully mitigating the risk for requests for evidence notices,” Rainwater says. “But even if we do get them, Envoy doesn’t charge us for the attorney work so my costs are fixed and my leadership loves that. Not only that, but I get to refile any cases that don’t make it into the cap next year with no fee from Envoy.* This is a big advantage and why the cap is less of a financial risk for us.”
At the end of the day, Rainwater’s desire is to deliver the right skillset for the company, so she does everything possible to make this an easy process for the incoming employee. “I don’t want to let our foreign nationals down,” she says. If there is anything in my control, I want to take care of it immediately.” As a result, Rainwater leverages her time advantage so her organization and their employees can succeed now and in the future.
For more H-1B cap season tips, download the full Asurion case study.
*With Envoy, for petitions initially filed in 2016, those employers may refile H-1B petitions in 2017 if they were not selected for the cap in 2017. This only applies to cases re-filed before Jan 1, 2017.
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