Information Technology companies hire Non-immigrants from various countries on work visa’s like H1B/L1 Visa. Start-up companies do not have too many Non-immigrant employees and it is not worth their time and money to HIRE an Immigration Coordinator as EMPLOYEE. Hence it is cost effective have Independent Contractors co-ordinate their employee’s Immigration process with the Law firm.
Having worked in a Law firm and in Immigration Department of an Information Technology company, I am of the opinion that Immigration Coordinators can play a major role in smooth functioning of the business.
Here are the ten things that you must look for when you have Independent Consultants to Co-ordinate your Immigration functions with the Law firm:
- Be able to find a lawyer/Law firm that understand the needs of the employer and employee.
- Be able to establish a link between the employee/employer and Law firm.
- Explain their ROLE clearly to the employee/employer/lawyer verbally and in writing.
- Be willing to read the newsletters from USCIS, law firms and listen to Conference calls in order to keep abreast of the changes.
- Many Non-immigrants are technical professionals and may not be aware of the Immigration process. The Immigration Coordinator must be willing to listen, understand all the questions of the employee/employer and present to the lawyer.
- Have a good rapport with the Lawyer and understand their requirements.
- Respect the employee/employer/Lawyer’s time and arrange for Conference call to address all the questions of employer/employee.
- Must follow up closely with the employer/employee and ensure that correct documents are sent in TIME.
- Must also follow up with the Law firm for delivery of services in time and also HELP them in expediting payments from employee/employer.
- Last but not least, understand that we are all human beings and do go through emotional roller coasters in times of uncertainty. The Immigration coordinator must be in a position to empathize with the employer/employee’s situation and be willing to share success stories that boost their confidence. At the same time the Immigration Coordinator must be willing to appreciate the challenges faced by the paralegals/lawyers and work as a team.