The U.S. continues to deal with a worker shortage in many industries — and now, some experts say that welcoming more immigrants could be the answer to filling many positions and getting the economy booming.
John Dorer, CEO of Immigration Office Solutions, tells KMOX that industries like manufacturing, hospitality, food, caregiving, and home health aid are often bolstered by the work of immigrants.
Dorer’s organization, Immigration Office Solutions, helps get new immigrants settled and connected with employers. People from all over — South America, east Asia, eastern Europe — come through to find work..
A similar program exists, the EB-3 permanent worker program, allowing employers to sponsor workers for permanent positions. By providing long-term qualified workers, the EB-3 green card program can help many restaurants overcome the labor shortage long prevalent throughout the industry.
These programs do not get much coverage. Businesses using them get a leg up on competitors, so surely will not advertise the benefits. However, especially in areas of the country experiencing rapid growth and expansion, there are simply not enough employees available to keep up. By connecting with employees abroad, companies can go a long way towards overcoming that employment gap.
Many employers do not know if they qualify to sponsor and employ EB-3 workers, and so we help determine if they qualify and, if so, how many workers they are eligible to sponsor. Rather than offering a raise or free meals, with little more than a hope and a prayer it will work, we help employers utilize the EB-3 program, which can lead to a stream of qualified, enthusiastic, grateful and motivated employees within 18-24 months.
“It’s devastating and it’s going to take a lot of money and a lot of workers over months and years to get things back to liveable in a lot of places,” said Dorer.
Dorer is also the CEO of EB3.Work and Immigration Office Solutions, he connects immigrants with industries struggling to fill open positions.
USCIS is also seeking ways to address a backlog of roughly 1.5 million work permit applications. House and Senate Democrats have proposed bills to reduce the employment-based backlogs, but there does not seem to be enough Republican support to bring them across the finish line, said John
Dorer, president of Immigration Office Solutions and CEO of eb3.work, a New York-based platform that connects employers with foreign nationals seeking to work legally in the U.S.
"We get a lot of calls from QSRs, quick service restaurants, which are fast food like McDonald’s or other franchises like that and restaurant groups. They’re concerned because, number one, they need to be able to stay open and number one. two, they want to be able to expand and they can only do that if they have enough workers", John Dorer,
CEO of eb3.work and Immigration Office Solutions.