More than 440 employers across the United States have spoken in our second annual Envoy Immigration Trends 2017 survey, and the response is clear yet again: it’s crucial for them to be able to acquire, develop and retain global talent — maybe even more so than last year. Many of our results reflect a significant increase from our 2016 report. Here are a few of our year-over-year highlights:
- Fifty-five percent of employers expect their foreign national headcount to increase during the next year, marking a 21 percentage-point increase from last year’s survey.
- Fifty-six percent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields say they expect their foreign national headcount to increase, compared to merely 32 percent in last year’s report.
- Sixty-three percent of employers say sourcing foreign national employees is extremely or very important to their companies’ talent acquisition strategy, up significantly from 42 percent year over year.
- Ninety-one percent of employers believe sourcing foreign national employees is important to their company’s talent acquisition strategy, a 5 percentage-point increase from our 2016 report.
- More than seven in 10 employers (71 percent) sponsored a foreign national for a green card, an 8 percentage-point increase from last year’s report.
- Similar to last year’s report, more than one-third of employers (36 percent) start the green card application process after one year of service.
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