In episode 86, Coffey talks with Dobrina Ustun about the nuts and bolts of sponsoring an employment visa and common challenges employers face.

They discuss the considerations for sponsoring a work visa; misconceptions about hiring foreign employees; the process for employers to recruit foreign talent; the paperwork for lottery registration and the next steps once the employee is selected; the rules around prevailing wages; academic and experience requirements; renewal of H-1B visas; the green card process; common mistakes employers make during the recruitment process; and the average cost of sponsoring a work visa.

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Dobrina Ustun

Dobrina Ustun

Ms. Ustun is a licensed attorney in the District of Columbia with over ten years of US immigration practice experience, representing companies before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, Department of Labor, U.S. Embassies, and Consulates.

As a former immigration attorney for one of the largest IT consulting companies, Ms. Ustun has direct experience with creating and supervising immigration programs and processes for multi-national companies with significant overseas operations.

She holds her Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and her Bachelor in Music Performance and Bachelor in International Studies from Southern Methodist University.

In her free time, Dobrina enjoys travel, reading non-fiction books, and test-driving sports cars.


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  1. Christy Whaley

    Thanks for offering these sessions for free. I stay home with my kids right now. I want to keep up my PHR but don’t have extra money for expensive memberships or programs.

    • Mike Coffey

      I’m glad you’re finding the podcast helpful, Christy! Have a great holiday with your kids!


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