How to Avoid Everyday Immigration Mistakes Employers Make
Florida employers seeking to hire foreign nationals have several options for doing so through a variety of work visa options from the U.S. government. Most employers find the work visa application process confusing and frustrating, which is why it is important to seek the counsel of an experienced immigration attorney to assist you.
There are some common immigration mistakes that employers routinely make that can be avoided with assistance from counsel, including:
Beginning the application process too late.
Regardless of what type work visa you are applying for, gathering the proper documentation and communicating with the foreign national usually takes more time than most employers realize. Once you have identified a candidate, you need to begin the visa application process immediately.
Missing deadlines for filing an application.
Several work visas have precise deadlines as well as quota limits. One of the most popular work visas — the H-1B visa — has a quota of 65,000 for the general category and 20,000 for the advance degree category. This year, that quota was filled in less than five days! Plan to submit a work visa application in advance of any required deadline.
Not having sufficient supporting documentation.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service requires adequate, specified documentation that must be submitted with each work visa application. This information can include a candidate’s qualifications and skills, salary information, job information and more. This documentation should also be reviewed prior to submission by your immigration attorney to ensure all USCIS requirements are being met.
Failure to complete and sign the application.
Even small mistakes like forgetting to sign the application or leaving a section blank can invalidate the application and require you to start all over, delaying employment for the foreign national you hoped to have on board sooner rather than later. Again, have your immigration lawyer look everything over prior to submission.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Romy Jurado
Romy Jurado is one of the founders of Jurado & Farshchian, P.L. a business, real estate and immigration law firm. She focuses her practice on business law, including corporate and transactional matters with an emphasis on corporate formation, stock and asset sales, contract drafting, and business immigration. Romy is originally from Peru and moved to the USA with the dream of becoming an attorney and entrepreneur. Romy is actively involved in the community through her work as a Score certified mentor, and speaking at conferences to entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer. For specific technical or legal advice on the information provided and related topics, please contact the author.
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