It is not news that Florida, amongst most states are in the middle of a Critical Teacher Shortage, and things are going to get worse in the years to come. Florida alone had over 2200 vacancies as of January this year, adding hundreds every month.
Executive Hire offers public, charter and private schools recruitment services for teachers and administrators. We source teachers from other US states and Canada (currently in the province of Ontario).
The Florida Department of Education requires that foreign trained teachers possess a minimum of four years post-secondary in a Bachelor degree. Credits/programs need to be evaluated by an accredited organization. The FDE initially, once verified, issues a temporary certification and allows three years to obtain permanent certification through courses and further training. In the two years of Teacher’s Education that Ontario teachers are required to take, many of those courses/credits have already been taken. In summary, most Ontario teachers fall somewhere in between the Temporary and Permanent qualifications, with some fully at the Permanent.
Ontario teachers have received a minimum of 5 years post-secondary education, which includes 2 years of Teacher Certification (Teacher’s College) from accredited Universities. Ontario teachers enjoy the highest (average) salary globally, which makes for a very competitive market. Most graduates attain full-time jobs after 3 to 5 years after graduating. Currently, the provincial mandate is to cut funding in education. Through attrition, the number of required teachers will be cut by 30% over the next several years. This new mandate will only increase the current teacher surplus, leaving very highly qualified teachers unemployed for possibly longer periods of time.
Teacher shortages in the United States are reaching critical levels. Recruiting from areas with surpluses makes for a win-win situation; especially since Canada shares our language, values, culture and more importantly, education and qualification standards.
Canadian teachers can obtain an H1-B to work in the Unites States. H1-B visa approvals are capped at 85,000 per year. Applications far exceed (up to 5 times) quota caps, and thus are entered into a lottery. This would prove very difficult for employers who have a 20% chance of receiving approval for their potential candidate. The USCIS has policies and criteria set for cap exemptions. The USCIS allows school districts (not the specific school) who have an agreement with a higher learning institution, a cap exempt status for H1-B visas. Dual Enrollment programs constitute such an agreement. It is the Florida Department of Education’s mandate that each Public and Public Charter school district have a Dual Enrollment program and individual agreements with colleges and universities to that effect. In summary, teachers recruited to work in Florida are H1-B Cap Exempt. This means that we can recruit and place teachers in high quantities and also year-round. H1-B Visas are valid for three years and renewable once, for three more. At any time during its validity, H1-B holders can apply for an EB-3 (green card visa) for permanent residency.
We offer full circle recruitment services for schools recruiting in Canada. We will:
Conduct all recruitment activities including, but not limited to, marketing, holding job fairs, database management, conduct interviews, candidate selection, candidate presentation to you, background checks, qualification verification
Immigration: We are partnered with an immigration law firm with over 20 years’ experience and expertise in employment-based visas, specifically H1-B, teachers and Canadians
Qualification Evaluations: We have partnered with an FDE accredited evaluations firm that is local to South Florida
Relocation Assistance: We help our new hires settle in to their new city and provide them with ex-pat advice
Our Partnership: We maintain a strong, transparent and open relationship with you throughout the entire process and partnership into the future