Global businesses hit by U.S. via block

Oct 08 2004 by Brian Amble Print This Article

U.S. visa policies are causing problems for British executives recruited by American firms and multinationals who do business in there, according to the Evening Standard.

'At the moment the US government is returning applications with the fees. Some professionals have already handed in their notice here in anticipation of a new job in America, while the firms there have been left short of staff,' said Abigail Stevens of Think Global Recruitment.

She said the visa shortage also threatens big British firms that want to send new executives on assignment to American subsidiaries. They have to be employed for at least a year before qualifying for a work visa on an internal company transfer.

Evening Standard | British executives hit by visa block