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Hiring Foreign Nationals: For Independence & Maturity

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When hiring a foreign national employee, whether he or she has already been living in the U.S. or still in their home country, you should already know one thing: they are willing to go the extra mile. Last week, in part oneof our new series, The Benefits ofHiring Foreign Nationals, we examined how foreign nationals' high levels ofcommitment can benefit the companies they’re dedicated to. This week, we’re focusingon Independence and Maturity. 

Foreign Nationals Are Independent & Mature

Relocating to a different country for work is noteasy. Any employee doing so is putting in a lot of extra work in order to beemployed with your company. Relocation, adaptation to a new culture, being faraway from family and friends, as well as different laws and customs at theworkplace, are just a few challenges that come with living and working in aforeign country.

This willingness to start a new life abroad usuallycomes with independence and maturity, especially when hiring young employees,such as recent college graduates. Whether they have graduated from a U.S.college or a college abroad, they will be used to “being on their own.” Workingindependently, taking on responsibilities, and meeting deadlines under minimalsupervision, oftentimes, are key strengths of foreign national (FN) employees.

Any FN employee coming to the U.S., no matter on whatvisa they enter the country, will have to go through a fairly lengthy processof gathering documents, paying multiple fees, obtaining educational evaluations,and preparing and traveling to visa interviews. Even though many companies payfor and organize most of the visa process, moving oneself or entire familyabroad is not an easy undertaking. Your company might arrange all the paperworkand legal support, but the majority of the work rests on the shoulders of your FNemployee.

Accordingly, being independent in most aspects of lifeis a character trait that pretty much every FN employee had to learn on theirway to employment with your company. Especially in the case of young foreignworkers who do not have immediate family in the U.S., these employees are oftenmore independent and mature than their peers, which positively impacts theiroverall work ethic.

Due to their high levels of independence and distancefrom home, many FN employees are not as tied to a certain geographic locationas U.S. workers. Remaining close to friends, relatives, their hometown or the in-lawsare usually not factors to be considered. Particularly, if your companyfrequently needs employees to travel or relocate, hiring an FN employee cangive you an advantage, as they are likely more willing to travel. This does notmean that every foreign worker you hire does not care about their location oramount of travel, but it certainly might be a benefit to keep in mind.

While hiring a foreign national certainly comes withextra costs and administrative processing, there are countless benefits tohiring international workers. No matter their age or educational background,independence and maturity are only two factors within many benefits that couldtransform your company from ordinary to exceptional.

Next week, in the third and final installment of our The Benefits of Hiring Foreign Nationalseries, we’ll focus on Youth as we take a look at how young foreign nationals measureup to young U.S. employees.

‍Should you have any questions about how this impacts your business or employees, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at support@bridge.us.

Disclaimer: This content is not a form of legal advice and should not be treated as a substitute for legal counsel. Bridge US encourages readers to discuss any and all immigration-related concerns with an attorney.

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