Immigration Trends

2017 was a year of change. The U.S. and the world saw significant shifts in immigration policy and practice, which translated to new challenges for employers. Through it all, however, demand for a globalized workforce persisted, and companies decided to get creative to attract and retain talent.
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Immigration Trends

2017 was a year of change. The U.S. and the world saw significant shifts in immigration policy and practice, which translated to new challenges for employers. Through it all, however, demand for a globalized workforce persisted, and companies decided to get creative to attract and retain talent.
59%
Expect
an Increase

Demand for a globally mobile workforce continues to be important for employers

Fifty-nine percent expect their company’s demand for global work authorization or outbound immigration to increase, the same as the previous year. Companies report an increase in demand for work authorization in India and China.
59%
Expect
an Increase

Demand for a globally mobile workforce continues to be important for employers

Fifty-nine percent expect their company’s demand for global work authorization or outbound immigration to increase, the same as the previous year. Companies report an increase in demand for work authorization in India and China.

Employers are investing in their global workforce with immigration-related perks

Eighty-eight percent of employers invest in immigration-related perks, with relocation expenses (41 percent), housing (39 percent) and dependent visas/green cards (34 percent) topping the list.

Employers are making changes to their green card sponsorship policies

Seventy percent of employers are sponsoring green cards, and nearly all (98 percent) have changed their green card policy over the past year. Thirty-seven percent of employers are sponsoring more green cards than before and just under a third (31 percent) of companies are sponsoring green cards faster this year.

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SPONSORING
MORE
0%
PAYING
MORE
0%
SPONSORING
SOONER
0%
NOW
SPONSORING
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SPONSORING
LESS
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PAYING
LESS

Employers are making changes to their green card sponsorship policies

Seventy percent of employers are sponsoring green cards, and nearly all (98 percent) have changed their green card policy over the past year. Thirty-seven percent of employers are sponsoring more green cards than before and just under a third (31 percent) of companies are sponsoring green cards faster this year.

Employee immigration complexity and challenges are on the rise

We've had to increase staff28%
It has delayed projects26%
We have relocated work overseas22%

Employers have faced challenges in hiring and retention of global talent since the start of 2017. Eighty-five percent say the current U.S. immigration system has had an impact, 28 percent have increased staff to address these new challenges, 26 percent have had to delay projects and 22 percent have relocated work overseas as a result.

Employers turn to technology to keep up with immigration changes and demands

Almost half of employers (48 percent) are investing in technology-enabled platforms to manage the immigration process and 62 percent of employers are making supplementary investments in data security.
48%
Use
Immigration
Technology
48%
Use
Immigration
Technology

Employers turn to technology to keep up with immigration changes and demands

Almost half of employers (48 percent) are investing in technology-enabled platforms to manage the immigration process and 62 percent of employers are making supplementary investments in data security.

Employee Experience becomes a differentiator and focus area for employers

Sixty-two percent of employers have received more requests from their foreign national employees for more technology and for easier access to their immigration data, with 42 percent saying the biggest change they have seen over the past year is increased employee anxiety and questions. Because of this, employers rate employee experience as their number one deciding factor when choosing an immigration partner.

42%
Experienced
a Site Visit

Despite increased site visits and a demand for enhanced data security, employers are confident in their ability to manage immigration compliance

Although 42 percent of employers have experienced a site visit, 92 percent feel confident in their ability to manage immigration compliance. In addition, 95 percent of employers say they are confident in their immigration data security, while 62 percent are making investments in data security.
42%
Experienced
a Site Visit

Despite increased site visits and a demand for enhanced data security, employers are confident in their ability to manage immigration compliance

Although 42 percent of employers have experienced a site visit, 92 percent feel confident in their ability to manage immigration compliance. In addition, 95 percent of employers say they are confident in their immigration data security, while 62 percent are making investments in data security.

Q: Which country do you deal with most often for outbound (non-U.S.) immigration?

About the Survey

The purpose of the 2018 Immigration Trends Report is to help leaders like you reach your goals by exposing common trends as well as U.S. and non-U.S. immigration-related policies, processes and procedures. Our hope is that you’ll be able to use these as benchmarks to measure your own success and light the path to achieve your organization’s global mobility and immigration goals.


The national survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll from Nov. 13 to Dec. 13, 2017, with responses from 401 HR professionals and hiring managers across a variety of industries and company sizes.

Questions covered inbound and outbound global immigration processes and challenges.

  • I take every opportunity I can to talk to people outside our company about why we hire immigrants. There’s so much misinformation out there, and fear that companies are hiring immigrants because they can pay them less, so they’re taking jobs from qualified American workers. I want to inform people that that’s absolutely not the case.

    Jennifer Hartmann
    VP of People & Culture, MyVest
  • Many people like our employee, Hendry, sacrificed everything to move to the U.S. to build their career. They have an American Dream, and the government is taking it away. They don’t care how much value he adds, but we care.

    Josh Fechter
    Co-Founder, BAMF Media
  • We perform better as a company because of the people we help bring into the U.S. Having people from different parts of the world makes us a better place, a better country, a better people.

    Greg Fullerton
    VP of Human Capital, Tectonic
  • Highly gender-diverse companies are 15 percent more likely to outperform their peers in financial returns. Businesses in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35 percent more likely to outperform the competitors.

    Catherine Pargeter
    Senior Manager and Head of Data Integrations, Orchard
  • I take every opportunity I can to talk to people outside our company about why we hire immigrants. There’s so much misinformation out there, and fear that companies are hiring immigrants because they can pay them less, so they’re taking jobs from qualified American workers. I want to inform people that that’s absolutely not the case.

    Jennifer Hartmann
    VP of People & Culture, MyVest
  • Many people like our employee, Hendry, sacrificed everything to move to the U.S. to build their career. They have an American Dream, and the government is taking it away. They don’t care how much value he adds, but we care.

    Josh Fechter
    Co-Founder, BAMF Media
  • We perform better as a company because of the people we help bring into the U.S. Having people from different parts of the world makes us a better place, a better country, a better people.

    Greg Fullerton
    VP of Human Capital, Tectonic
  • Highly gender-diverse companies are 15 percent more likely to outperform their peers in financial returns. Businesses in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35 percent more likely to outperform the competitors.

    Catherine Pargeter
    Senior Manager and Head of Data Integrations, Orchard
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About Envoy

Founded in 1998, Envoy is the technology leader in global immigration services. Envoy combines expert legal representation — for both inbound and outbound immigration — and proprietary technology, making it seamless for companies to hire and manage an international workforce. This platform empowers companies to acquire the best talent regardless of where they are in the world, mobilizes employees around the world to take advantage of business opportunities, and enables the management of their entire global workforce. Envoy has handled more than 30,000 cases and served more than 2,000 customers in a broad range of industries.

Website, technology platform and administrative services are provided by Envoy Global Inc., a Delaware corporation. Legal services are provided by Envoy-affiliated attorneys. Please visit envoyglobal.com for more information.

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