October 4, 2008

Short on RF Engineers? Consider H1B

By Mendelson, Isaac

This column advocates for considering nonUS professionals to fill in the steadily growing shortage of RF engineers. In addition to presenting the practical and fiscal advantages, this article also highlights the contribution of "imported" engineering talent to securing future domestic jobs. Unlike the days of the high-tech boom in the late 1990s, employers today do not seem very keen to go through the work permits process. This may be explained by the Visa sponsorship process (which might be perceived harder because it is subject to national security) and the general atmosphere of a stumbling economy and lost jobs to offshore locations.

Attracting Overseas Engineering Talent Supports Future Domestic Jobs

On the other hand, it is evident that the ongoing shortage in RF engineers (documented in numerous articles since 2003 and until now) is far from over. This shortage is global and therefore corporations are forced to establish their centers where the engineers are located. It is an opportunity to counter offshoring. The US has a unique appeal and employers have an extraordinary advantage attracting foreign talent. Filling in those vacant RF engineering jobs quickly will ensure that these positions remain domestic regardless of the country where the engineer was lorn.

More Seasons for Employers to Make the Extra Effort with Non- resident Engineers:

Unless the nature of the company is strictly, defense business, employers may consider "importing" engineering talent for the following reasons:

1. The past two decades have proven immigration to be a valuable resource for creative, high-quality engineering talent in a wide range of science and engineering fields.

2. Throughout the history of the US, firstgeneration immigrants have always proven to be hard-working and dedicated employees.

3. Offering an opportunity to work and live in the US gains employers an opportunity to boost their engineering resources with the best among the scientists and engineers that the world has to offer, and for fair and reasonable compensation.

4. What is the cost of a delayed project due to under-staffing? Hard to say and certainly not cheap. One can definitely put a cap on the cost of sponsoring an H1B Visa.

5. The immigration process has actually become more efficient in the past several years, while at the same time, the queues have shortened (other industries aren't necessarily doing so well these days).

For many employers the RF engineering * resources problem can be turned into an opportunity. An opportunity to boost the company's engineering resources, bypass the competitors and at the same time be supporting domestic economy.

Employers wishing to inquire about the Visa sponsorship process please e-mail [email protected]

Isaac Mendelson


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