Hiring qualified candidates for the job sometimes means expanding your search radius. If your company has thought about hiring someone from outside the country, you’re not alone. While there are more steps to hiring and sponsoring an employee from outside the United States, don’t let it scare you away from hiring the perfect candidate.
What’s the process of hiring someone from outside of the country?
Once you’ve found the perfect candidate, you’ll need to fill out the appropriate paperwork from the U.S. Department of Labor website. Take some time to research what’s involved in your industry to hire a foreign worker. The type of paperwork you would fill out will vary depend on the type of employee you’re hiring and the work your company does.
Before starting the paperwork, take some time to make sure that the candidate would be a good fit for the job. By the time your business has submitted the paperwork and started the business immigration process, you’ve already offered the candidate the job and have committed to having them in your company.
This paperwork would start the process of getting your employee a work visa, with your company as a sponsor. Being their sponsor means you’ve not only hired them, but you’re also willing to vouch for that person’s character, skills, etc. – the same way you would for any other employee. This is important because if their work visa is approved, they’ll be able to become a permanent citizen down the line.
What to keep in mind when sponsoring a foreign worker
The process to get a work visa approved can lengthy. By starting this process, you absolutely must provide employment to that person if their work visa is approved. You can’t change your mind just because the process takes a little longer. If you have questions, an attorney may be able to answer them.