H-1B: Not a Quick Fix for Workforce NeedsBy John Hazard | Posted 2011-04-06 Email Print
Everyone knows that it's difficult to find qualified talent these days. And political considerations have made it even harder to hire H-1B employees, putting small IT solution providers at a disadvantage.
A process that is measured in months, instead of days, and steeped in uncertainty isn't working, said Salcedo. It is especially inadequate for the technology industry and a disadvantage for small businesses that rely on every role.
"If you are a young, little company, you need to measure your hiring process in days, not weeks. Usually, when you go to hire someone, you needed them in that position yesterday," he said. "The H-1B process isn’t helpful to technology companies. it’s more suitable for lawyers, doctors, engineers and universities, [organizations] that have long hiring windows. For technology, the system is archaic."
"The H-1B is a shot in the dark," said Salcedo. "If you're growing fast and need to hire people, you can't work that way."
The situation often arises for companies who are trying to hire an employee transferring from an F-1 student visa after they graduate from graduate school, Thiel said. Often they hire the employee, train them and integrate them into their staff under the F-1 visa and hope the H-1B is approved.