Hospitality Sector Businesses
Employers are carefully watching how changes in immigration laws in the United States will play out under the new administration. Policies can change suddenly and immigration rules are frequently evolving; it’s important for businesses to be preemptive and informed. The Hospitality and Casino Gaming industry — second only to the technology industry — is already considering strategies to accommodate the upheavals that may occur with the H-1B visa program.
The American Hotel and Lodging Association and the National Restaurant Association, in association with a coalition representing some 450,000 businesses, are contacting their representatives in Congress. The associations are asking Congress to craft legislation that will deal with ongoing shortages in the hospitality and food service industries.
Who’s Affected in Management?
The H-1B visa designates Specialty Occupation Workers as those who hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. For employees in this category, the current rules allow up to a 6-year stay in the United States. With the exception of citizenship, the most sought after status is a “green card” but the process is difficult and slow.
Transferring a foreign executive or manager — an intra-company transferee eligible for a L-1A visa — allows for a maximum 7-year stay under certain conditions. That candidate must have worked for at least one out of the previous three years for a foreign parent, subsidiary, affiliate, or branch office of the U.S. company.
For Canadian or Mexican professionals and managers, the TN1/TN2 visa allows the candidate to stay in the U.S. indefinitely for periods of 1-year increments.
If you are in charge of a luxury property, then the cache of a multi-cultural, multi-lingual management team can be very desirable. Today’s guests represent the world. A team of key managers and staff who relate to diverse cultures is an asset that should not be underestimated.
If you are an employer concerned about the status of H-1B visas, or have other immigration concerns contact Attorney Omar Salguero at 815-446-0770 today for a consultation or visit http://www.omarsalguerolaw.com for more immigration information.