Every year, thousands of people from foreign countries come to the United States as legal immigrants. They have their visas and they have the authority to live in our neighborhood. American companies benefit significantly. These newcomers bring with them skills and knowledge that are used to increase profit margins and achieve the company’s goals. But management must understand that these new people have difficulty managing public authorities and obtaining the necessary public services.
It is more than the language barrier
Many speak another language, but the challenges are more. Many are unfamiliar with the American legal system and come from countries where English common law is not applied. They are not familiar with public authorities in this country, and the lack of knowledge can hurt.
Necessary services such as special education for disabled children, transport assistance and even getting suitable housing can be challenging for anyone who does not know how to turn to government offices. People will often lack the necessary services, even if they qualify for them because they do not know what to do. Organizations can help their foreign-born employees with prepaid legal services. Not all group law plans address the need for assistance in dealing with government agencies. Nationwide prepaid legal services offer the kind of assistance that cuts through the bureaucracy.
To be a friend in need
Nationwide has one nationwide network of lawyers which provides the support that a foreign-born employee can use. Our lawyers are familiar with how the government works, and they can share that information with team members at the legal level. Questions such as applying for state aid, what documentation is needed and which authorities you can turn to are becoming easier because a nationwide lawyer is there.
Our lawyers are recruited for their expertise. They will patiently go step by step how to deal with a particular public authority. Something beneficial for a foreign employee is the communication services. A legal team member can ask a nationwide attorney to make phone calls or write letters on legal stationery to help resolve issues. A plan member can also make as many phone calls as needed about a particular topic to the lawyer. If a nationwide attorney does not have expertise in areas such as immigration law, Countrywide has a prepaid legal benefit that allows referrals at a very reasonable cost. We do everything we can to help newcomers navigate the corridors of a state bureaucracy.
The customer is part of the process
Employee benefits should help all employees and not just a few. Countrywide wants to offer a group law plan to a potential customer that meets the needs of the entire workforce. We will ask a potential customer to help with the design of benefits.
We explain all our prepaid legal services to the organization’s management. We will answer all questions thoroughly. Countrywide does not promote one benefit over another; we post facts about each service we provide. We will then ask decision-makers to decide which benefits will be included in their group law plan. These choices will be included in the final planning document. We provide streamlined administration and superior membership services.
We want to emphasize our expectations of emotional intelligence. Foreign employees need a little more attention, and they will get that from our lawyers. Setting up meetings with the lawyer is easy because our plan members have priority status. Respect and courtesy is what all plan members get.
We want to make it easier for those who have just come to this country to work. Employers can trust that we provide the best service for all employees. If you have questions about what we can do, you are welcome to contact us when it suits you. We welcome every opportunity to explain what we can do for your employees.