Companies in a variety of industries are struggling to find solutions to staffing shortages. Every month, more than a quarter-million Americans turn 65, which is a trend that has profound workforce and economic consequences in this country. In addition, unemployment rates continue to fall, dropping to 5% nationwide in March 2016. These changes, along with other factors like slow corporate revenue growth and high labor costs, have resulted in many companies having trouble finding and hiring qualified workers for open positions.
At Grzeca Law Group, we often receive calls from companies asking us to help them solve these labor shortages by hiring a foreign national employee. Because of recent advances in green card availability, it may be possible for employers seeking workers in fields that don’t require a degree to apply for U.S. permanent residence for employees in a relatively short period of time. This could allow companies that desperately need multiple workers, but can wait a year or two, to solve some of their staffing needs. It would involve some work and pre-planning, but could bring in dozens of permanent workers in hard-to-fill positions.
In prior years, employers wishing to sponsor green cards for low-skilled positions had to wait several years. Recently, that process has been significantly decreased. Employers can now take advantage of this situation by filing permanent residence cases for groups of foreign workers. For example, if a transportation company needs a group of 20 truck drivers, they could identify these workers and begin a green card case for all 20 open positions simultaneously. If each step is approved, the employees could be in the U.S. in as little as a year and a half. This approach could be beneficial for industries such as, but not limited to, manufacturing, hospitality, construction, farming, landscaping, maintenance, etc.
Grzeca Law Group is always looking for creative solutions for our clients’ staffing problems. We will hold a free informational webinar on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 1 p.m. Central Time to further outline this potential immigration option. Please contact our firm to learn more about how these new developments might work for your situation.