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Chhavi Sachdev
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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

The Impact Of Restrictive Policies On Foreign Workers In The US

This topical podcast from Harvard Business School candidly examines the USA's changing attitude towards foreign talent.

Host William "Bill" Kerr is no stranger to the issue. He's written a book called The Gift of Global Talent: How Migration Shapes Business, Economy & Society, so he's clearly also an advocate of keeping those doors open and revolving for skilled immigrant employees. Joining him is Dick Burke, CEO of Envoy Global, a company that facilitates immigration and work visas for 160 countries, to talk about the various impacts of a tightening policy, shrinking visa quotas, and rising xenophobia.

And while average citizens are worried foreigners will take their jobs, companies are afraid they won't be able to hold on to the deserving folks who have those jobs. Every company wants to attract the best person for the job, but even the US Department of Labor estimates two million science jobs will go unfilled next year!

But, even though there's a need, the demand isn't being met. And one reason is uncertainty.

As Burke says: "About 26 percent of employers say they’ve either been forced to postpone a project, or to cancel a project, or to move a project overseas" ... because of visas or staffing that didn't go through. There's also, of course, the problem of how much it has started to cost companies to sponsor employees with foreign citizenships for these work permits, a whopping 41% of which are denied these days.

It's a good, very rapid-fire conversation and it ends on a positive note, with some advice for applicants, companies (and their HR teams) all round. Listen and learn.  

The Impact Of Restrictive Policies On Foreign Workers In The US
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