Global Services Lesson 5 Migration Activity
Global Services Lesson 5 Migration Activity

Time: 25 minutes
Skills: Holistic Thinking
Objectives 1 and 3 
Related Resources:
- Wadha, Vivek (2007, February 8). Let’s Keep Skilled Immigrants in the U.S. In Business Week. Retrieved from:

Students should read the Wadha reading before class for this activity.

The instructor divides the students into groups of four. Each group must develop a set of five criteria for employer –sponsored immigrant visas. Applicants who have at least one of these criteria will be fast-tracked and get their work visas within one month.

After the groups are finished developed their criteria sheet, the teacher ask the groups to report back their criterion. After all the entire criteria are noted, the class votes for which ones should be the kept in the final five.


One of the major challenges facing service providers is access to talent. The United States currently offers:
o Nonimmigrant visa for persons desiring to enter the United States temporarily for business (B-1) or for pleasure, tourism or medical treatment (B-2)
o Nonimmigrant student visas: academic setting (F-1), vocational/recognized non academic institutions (M-1), or exchange visitor (J-1)
o Temporary work: Foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics (O visas); International cultural exchange visitors (Q visas); Intra-company transferees (L visas), Performing athletes, artists, entertainers (P visas); Specialty occupations in fields requiring highly specialized knowledge (H-1B); Temporary agricultural workers (H-2A); Temporary workers performing other services or labor of a temporary or seasonal nature (H-2B); Training in a program not primarily for employment (H-3); Crewmembers (D visa); Foreign Media, Press, and Radio (I visa); Religious Workers (R visa) ; Treaty Traders & Treaty Investors (E visa)
o Immigrant visas: Immediate Relative and Family Sponsored, Employer Sponsored, and Special immigrants.

It can take months, even years to get certain types of visas and many of the visas are not flexible – i.e. allowing students to work while still in the U.S. under a student visa, etc. There are quotas on the number of immigrants for certain categories as well, such as 140,000 total employment-based green cards per year and 55,000 in the green card lottery as well as 65,000 for the special occupation visa (H-1B).

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