Attracting and Retaining Top Agribusiness Talent: Current U.S. Immigration Options
The U.S. economy, including agribusiness, is heavily reliant upon and enriched by talent found outside the United States. It is imperative for agricultural innovators to take an active role in understanding, meeting and managing prospective employee expectations with respect to U.S. immigration benefits. Outlined below is a summary of the current landscape, including short and long term paths to lawful immigration status in the U.S., as well as emerging opportunities to employ highly-skilled talent under the U.S. immigration system.
Current U.S. Immigration Options
Sponsorship of foreign talent typically begins with petitioning U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for a “non-immigrant” or temporary visa category. If the employment is successful, the foreign national is then sponsored for permanent residence or “green card” status. Once permanent residence is held for five (5) years (when based on employment), the foreign national is permitted to seek U.S. citizenship. Provided below is a brief overview of the most common non-immigrant and permanent resident categories.