Alternatives to the H-1B Visa: Bloomberg Study

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1 Copyright©2017 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. Alternatives to the H-1B Visa By Jamie Gilpin, CMO and Workforce Trends Analyst, Envoy and Stephanie Wedel, Immigration Attorney, Global Immigration Associates, P.C. Jamie Gilpin brings over 15 years of sales, marketing and branding knowledge to Envoy. As Envoy's Workforce Trends Analyst, Jamie leverages her decade of experience working with HR organizations around the country on their talent management programs. She is a frequent speaker and author on the topics of international recruiting, workforce issues, the skills gap, employer brand, candidate behavior, marketing and big data. Stephanie Wedel, an attorney with Global Immigration Associates (a law firm affiliated with Envoy), has built and submitted hundreds of nonimmigrant and immigrant work visa petitions. She has extensive experience handling B, E, H, L, O and TN visa cases, employment-based green cards and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Requests for Evidence. Stephanie holds a B.A. from Western Illinois University and a Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law. The H-1B visa is highly coveted. In 2016, there were 236,000 applications filed for the H-1B visa, but because of the mandated annual cap on such work visas, only 85,000 were awarded. That gave employers that year who were looking to sponsor a foreign national with an H-1B visa just a 36 percent chance of successfully obtaining that visa. In a global talent landscape that is becoming increasingly complicated and much more mobile, employers must broaden their use of U.S. immigration visas. In 2017, 199,000 H-1B applications were filed. Even though that's 37,000 fewer applications than the prior year, that still creates a highly competitive situation for actually being awarded an H-1B visa. With the odds against being awarded an H-1B visa, global organizations need to realize that it's time to look for alternatives.

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