Work visa application window approaches – Via

Thursday, March 15,

By Mark Fellows

Employers who turn to foreign labor markets for hard-to-fill
positions have an ever-narrower window of opportunity,
advisers warn.

“Last year the application period opened April 1, 2006,
for (the fiscal year starting) Oct. 1, and they were gone by
June. So last year there was only slightly more than a
two-month window to apply,” said Kathy Hanenburg of
Warner, Norcross & Judd in Grand Rapids.

“As a practical matter, as (the visas) dry up earlier
and earlier, what happens is the employer turns to other
solutions or some employers give up on foreign nationals
altogether,” Hanenburg said.

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