International students are an extraordinary addition to any company.
At HBS they represent over a third of the MBA population and come from more than 70 countries. In an increasingly global marketplace, competitive organizations are pursuing global competency as a key attribute in their hiring, so this is a pool of talented professionals you should not overlook. There are various misconceptions about hiring international students; in reality, securing U.S. work authorization for a foreign worker is not difficult.
Securing U.S. work authorization for international students is not difficult. There are common misperceptions and this information will allow you to navigate the world of U.S. business immigration.
All international students are eligible for U.S. work authorization after the first year of the MBA program and none requires visa sponsorship from your organization to work in an internship. Most students hold F-1 status and qualify through a grant of Curricular Practical Training (CPT). Those in J-1 status qualify for Academic Training (AT). Work authorization is issued by Harvard so hiring international students requires no more paperwork than when you hire U.S. workers.
The H-1B category is the most common long-term work visa but it may be just one option for you. It is easy to sponsor an international student for long-term work in the U.S. In fact, each year more than 25,000 U.S. companies employ at least one international worker in H-1B status.
Each year more than 25,000 U.S. companies sponsor at least one H-1B worker.
Transitioning an international employee to a permanent hire is also straightforward. The most common route to a Green Card is through Labor Certification. Labor Certification is better known as PERM (Program Electronic Review Management). It requires an employer to first test the US labor market through a variety of standard recruitment methods (see below).
The recruitment period lasts from 1 to 6 months and, once complete, the employer submits the PERM application to the Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL certifies the PERM application in 2 to 6 months, allowing the employer to file the Green Card petition with the immigration service.
To demonstrate that an employer has adequately tested the U.S. labor market, the DOL requires that an employer place 2 Sunday print newspaper advertisements for the offered position and also document at least 3 of the following additional recruitment efforts: