Earlier this month, Localingua’s Mario and Eva met with Joe Cimperman and Jessica Whale of Global Cleveland, and Tracey Nichols, who recently left her position as Director of Economic Development for the city of Cleveland for a new job at PMC. Localingua has been looking to get even more involved with the local Northeast Ohio community through the help of Global Cleveland. The group met at Fat Cats in Tremont, which we can now highly recommend!
During the meeting, we discussed changes coming about for immigrants due to recent legislation, how to help immigrants and refugees integrate into the community, and how to enlist the help of area organizations, associations, businesses, and institutions. One of the key topics was the confusion surrounding the H1B Visa policy and how to make information about such programs more clear.
The next day, Mario and Eva attended an event in downtown Cleveland hosted by Global Cleveland, MidTown, and Health Tech Corridor. This event, called Hiring International 101, was aimed at educating local employers on how to find, engage, and hire immigrants, refugees, and other international employees. It also helped to inform business owners about local groups and resources they can utilize.
Most local business owners in attendance had already had experience with international professionals, and were interested to learn more about hiring additional employees of this type. One of the main topics that was discussed was the H1B Visa: what it is, how it works, and how employers can help. Mario was happy to contribute his own personal experience with Localingua sponsoring an OPT and H1B Visa. Localingua has also helped international students in Kent with translating their legal and academic documents. We left the event feeling positive and hopeful for the city of Cleveland and its local businesses. Localingua looks forward to continuing to work with Global Cleveland and to enrich the diverse culture of Northeast Ohio.