Companies really need the best talent from all around the world.
But what is more important when it comes to headcount and talent acquisition and retention than your budget?
Here are 7 ways to make sure the immigration process is as cost-saving as possible.
1. Have a conversation about the strategy.
Set a clear legal strategy at the beginning of every case so the legal team will know how to tailor the checklist. How the evidence is changing based on what the legal team suggests is the best way to make the strongest case for this individual candidate.
2. Set SMART goals.
SMART means specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. This enables you to have clarity on the next steps. Set deadlines as to who does what, by, and when.
3. Consider the pricing.
Different law firms have different pricing models. Keep in mind to always be organized when you’re being charged on an hourly basis. It’s important to be organized before any phone call with an attorney. Most immigration law firms and practitioners typically charge flat fees. This can also be called a project fee.
4. Consider recruiting.
It might be cost-effective for you to open up your job pool to international candidates that you’re able to source more easily but who require immigration sponsorship. Getting somebody an O-1 visa may be cheaper than getting a recruiter to find a similarly situated expert in the U.S.
5. Be proactive and organize your thoughts.
Have weekly or bi-weekly check-in calls with the team to make sure everybody’s on the same page.
6. Establish a point person for immigration.
It would be a lot more efficient if one person is the central coordinator for this on behalf of the company.
7. Consider hiring an immigration lawyer.
The quality of immigration attorneys focusing on business immigration is high. And this has a great value especially when you compare the work done on your behalf to the hourly rates of similarly experienced attorneys and corporate law settings.
For more information and resources on the immigration process and rates, check out Immigration Law for Tech Startups podcast. If you’d like to listen, head over to Episode 005: How to Save Money in the Immigration Process.