Global Cleveland seeks to strengthen the local economy and grow the Greater Cleveland region by facilitating connections to global talent. Leading employers are joining this movement as they participate in the Global Employer program to address international hiring issues. This program is brought to you in collaboration with ERC, OHTec and various immigration and educational partners. Global Employers can participate in the following:

  • Roundtable Discussions: Quarterly roundtables to share international hiring best practices, issues, and define future discussion topics;
  • International Hiring Trends Survey: Results of this survey are shared with participants so that employers can benchmark their own efforts and inform Global Cleveland on employer practices and needs.

Download the 2015 International Hiring Survey Results

 

FAQs

Why become a “Global Employer?”

Participants in this program will have first-look access to survey data, best practices from other employers, presentations from immigration attorneys and helpful information about the international hiring process. Global Employer participants can find answers to international hiring questions to unlock solutions for attracting and retaining global talent in their organization.

Hiring an International Student or Intern: F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

F-1 Curricular Practical training (CPT) is work authorization that allows international students to work in their academic field after they have completed at least one year of full-time study. Students that meet CPT requirements are able to work part-time and in limited cases – full-time during the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

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Students are responsible for applying for CPT and maintaining their eligibility by submitting an offer letter with start and end dates, the organization’s name, complete address and job duties. Curricular Practical Training duration is generally one semester and there is no cost to employers for this program.

Additional Contacts:
Cleveland State University Center for International Services and Programs (CISP)
216.687.3910
intlcenter@csuohio.edu
Case Western Reserve University Center for International Affairs
216.368.4561

http://www.case.edu/international/about/contact.html

Click here for an overview of the hiring options for international students and graduates

How to hire an international student or recent graduate: F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT)

F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) is work authorization that allows international students who have graduated to gain practical work experience in their major field of study. STEM graduates qualify for an extension of this program and are able to work for up to three years before needing H1B visa sponsorship. For employers, the hiring process is no different than for domestic students. There is no cost associated with OPT and the student is able to work for 12 months, with an option to extend for an additional 24 months if their degree is in a STEM major.

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Students are responsible for ensuring that they apply for OPT and receive their Employment Authorization Document (EAD). This is completed by the students’ college or university and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Students work with both their designated school official and their employer to maintain their work authorization and complete all required documentation.More information about the 2016 ruling on STEM OPT extension can be found here

Additional Contacts:
Cleveland State University Center for International Services and Programs (CISP)
216.687.3910
intlcenter@csuohio.edu
Case Western Reserve University Center for International Affairs
216.368.4561
http://www.case.edu/international/about/contact.html

Click here for an overview of the hiring options for international students and graduates

Hiring an International Employee: Understanding the H1B Visa

The H-1B visa is a temporary non-immigrant employment visa for highly educated foreign professionals in “specialty occupations” that require at least a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. The visa is for three years with the option to renew for an additional three years for a total of six years. H-1B visa holders may be sponsored for permanent visas by their employers. The H‐1B visa is currently capped at 65,000 per year, with 20,000 additional visas for foreign professionals who graduate with a Master’s or Doctorate from a U.S. university.

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Getting started: Step one is to file a labor condition application with the Department of Labor. A labor condition application (LCA) is a document that a prospective H-1B employer files when seeking to employ foreign workers at a specific job occupation in an area of intended employment for up to three years. There is no cost to file an LCA.

An employer may choose to work with an immigration attorney to assist with the process of filing an H1B visa application, however this is not required. Click here for a list of immigration attorneys in the Cleveland area.

Employment Screening and Verification for Global Employees

All legally permanent residents with full working authority (including both immigrants and refugees) have already been vetted by the United States government for clearance to enter the country. A criminal background check is included in that process. Immigrants with work authorization and a social security number can have an additional background check processed by a private screening company based on that social security number.

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To verify foreign education credentials, employers can enlist the services of organizations that can conduct an evaluation of overseas documents to verify authenticity. To verify professional backgrounds or work experience, the process is not much different than that of a US candidate. Employers may ask for email addresses of former supervisors attached to a company email account to help with time differences or issues with long distance phone calls.

Additional Resources:

  • World Education Services (WES): International Credential Evaluation: wes.org
  • National Association of Credential Evaluations Services: NACES is an association of private and independent foreign educational credentials evaluation services committed to formulating and maintaining ethical standards in the field of foreign educational evaluation. naces.org

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