With all the uncertainty revolving around immigration in the U.S., it would be smart to start considering other options surrounding the H-1B visa for software engineers and developers.
Before we get into the alternatives, let's break down what an H1B visa is:
Over the past years 5 years, we have seen an increase in the number of H-1B visas issued, increasing from 117,409 in 2010 to 172,748 in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of State. However, since the Trump administration took office in January, there has been an undeniable decrease in H-1B visas.
Why wait for the shoe to drop? Trump’s administration’s recent move to limit or eliminate the H-1B visa program signals unpredictability in your labor pool at best and it completely shutting down at worst.
So, what can companies do to replace the U.S. skills gap in the software industry that was being fulfilled by those H-1B applicants?
There are two options:
Hire a nearshore software development company with experts in agile development.
Opt to conduct business in another country that has a similar immigration policy such as Panama.
Either of these options can be executed immediately and will have a direct positive effect on your company and its objectives.
Hiring a nearshore software development company:
As you may have read in our previous blog post, (LINK TEXT TO PREVIOUS BLOG), there are many benefits of contracting software development engineers through a nearshore development company.
It’s important to keep these three factors in mind when partnering up with a nearshore development company:
Their experience and expertise
Their agile processes and expertise in agile development
- Their client portfolio
Panama as a second choice for the H-1B visa:
Recognized worldwide for the Panama Canal and its tourism, Panama is widely known as the commercial hub of The Americas. However, most company executives aren't aware of the advantages that Panama has to offer in this sense.
The benefits of having collaborators onsite with Admios in Panama are:
The same or similar time zone
Quick visa turnaround times - typically less than 3 weeks with no long legal process
Direct flights from New York, San Francisco, L.A., Houston, and other metropolitan cities
Coworkers with a broad software expertise and strong English skills who embrace challenging custom development work for some of Silicon Valley’s most demanding firms
State of the art office and amenities
Panama City’s urban yet tropical landscape and welcoming, recreation-rich lifestyle
City of Knowledge, just outside of Panama City, is home to a booming international community that was established as a hub for business, academic, scientific and humanistic collaboration.
The City of Knowledge business park offers special benefits to companies and workers who are onsite and focuses on boosting, innovating and transmitting knowledge.
Admios has the proper systems in place to make your transition as seamless as possible. They’re ready to handle anything ranging from legal issues to relocation services, and, not to mention, they provide a well equipped, comfortable place to work.
So, why keep pushing on the "uncertainty" button when you have surefire options at the tip of your fingers? We would be more than happy to help you explore the options and each of their benefits, contact us.