Hospitality Industry and the H-1B Visa Issue

H-1B Visa Changes

Employers everywhere are carefully watching how changes in immigration laws in the United States will play out under the new administration. The Hospitality and Casino Gaming industry—second only to the technology industry—is already trying to map out strategies to deal with any revamping 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 calling their representatives in congress, asking them to craft legislation that will deal with ongoing shortages in the hospitality and food service industries.

Who’s Affected in Management

U.S. Immigration ServicesThe H1B visa designates Specialty Occupation Workers who hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor degree. For employees in this category, the current rules allow up to a 6-year stay in the United States. The Holy Grail is a “green card,” but the process is difficult and slow.

Transferring a foreign executive or manager—an Intra Company Transferee eligible for a L1A visa—allows for a maximum 7-year stay under certain conditions. That candidate must have worked for at least one year in the past three for a foreign parent, subsidiary, affiliate, or branch office of the U.S. company.

For Canadian or Mexican professionals and managers, the TN1/2 visa allows the candidate to stay in the U.S. for an indefinite period, in 1-year increments.

The Foreign Team Cache

If you are a luxury property, the cache of a multi-cultural, multi-lingual management team can be very desirable. Today’s guests represent the world and having key managers who relate to diverse cultures is a plus.

Read more in this Forbes article about how India is responding to the H-1B Visa issue when it comes to technology jobs in the U.S.

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