In this episode of Immigration Law for Tech Startups, I’ll be discussing 10 tips plus one bonus tip for how companies can support not only their international team members but all their team members to improve their company culture, help everyone stay focused, and avoid burning out.
The immigration process and immigration security are big issues for international team members. Companies that support individuals who have the courage to relocate their lives to come to the U.S. and also demonstrate their ongoing commitment will help attract and retain talent. Companies should:
- Foster a company culture that embraces and supports diversity
- Deliberately develop a company immigration policy—even if the best policy is no policy
- Offer settling-in services
- Create company programs to help acclimate and support new international hires
- Resources for the dependent spouses of new international hires
- Connect with local immigration organizations
- Provide advancement programs and opportunities that foster commitments
- Proactively engage new international hires
- Support the ongoing immigration needs of international talent
- Offer global rotation programs for all workers if you’re a multinational company and/or cover costs for international hires to travel to their home country to renew work visas
- Consider raising the wages for H-1B candidates that will be registered in this year’s H-1B lottery, which begins on March 1
Listen in for more details and examples for each of these tips. And be sure to check out the resources below.
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In this episode, you’ll hear about:
- A detailed discussion and examples of the 11 tips
- Why diversity matters, including its impact on a company’s bottom line
- Richard Graf’s K-i-E decision-making process and the impact it has on diversity
- Why it’s important for companies to take into account both current circumstances and future growth when developing a company immigration policy
- What to consider when developing company immigration policies based on your company’s unique circumstances and future growth
- How to use immigration as a benefit and a recruiting and retention tool
- Various types of settling-in services companies can offer new international hires
- Offerings that your company could implement to acclimate new international hires as well as support their dependent spouses
- The type of services some local immigrant organizations can provide
- Examples of advancement programs that foster loyalty
- The benefits of asking for input from international hires
- Other proactive strategies to optimize your team and help retain team members
- What you should consider for this year’s H-1B lottery registration
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Alcorn Immigration Law publications and courses:
- Immigration Cheat Sheet for Recruiters
- Immigration Options Chart
- All About H-1Bs
- Immigration Law for Tech Startups eBook
- Extraordinary Ability Bootcamp course for best practices for securing the O-1A visa, EB-1A green card, or the EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) green card—the top options for startup founders. Use promotion code ILTS for 20% off the enrollment fee.
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- Episode 11: Your Startup’s First H-1
- Episode 46: Get Ready for H-1B FY2022 Lottery
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