Bethune-Cookman University is no stranger to change. Founded as Cookman Institute in 1872, the historically black college has come a long way, achieving its university status in 2007. Through its multiple iterations of expansion, Bethune-Cookman has relied on talent to foster the learning of its continually growing crop of students.
“We are a small research university, and we are increasing our student numbers,” says Latricia Harris, HR generalist at the university.
Diversity of thought is important to the university, which is why they recruit faculty and staff from around the world. Harris says the tenet helps their students succeed and the institution grow and compete.
The university has recently changed how it manages its immigration program. Previously, each department handled the sponsorship needs of each new hire yet now all immigration needs are handled by one department, human resources. With this shift, Harris needed to learn how to manage the often confusing and tedious application process for engineers and developers needing H-1B Person in Specialty Occupation visa sponsorship.
Adapting to Market Constraints
In organizations around the country, HR professionals have to adapt to the demands of the market, which currently has a major skills gap in technical roles. Due to the inadequacies of the U.S. immigration system, many first-time sponsors are uncertain about the process and don’t understand what type of information is required to create an effective work visa petition. However, with an immigration services provider that acts as a partner throughout the process, success is possible, as Harris found while managing her first petition.
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