GOING PRIVATELY and why you SHOULDN'T
To those who are contemplating going up north "privately," we caution you to weigh your decision carefully.
Going for an apparent short-term gain and ignoring the long term benefits that staying on the prgoram provides may turn out to be short sided.
...and this is why:
First, there are already more H2B opportunities up north (summer season) than there are H2Bs in Florida. The employers up north who made the visa cap will also hire out-of-country candidates in addition to those they hire from FL. This means even more H2Bs going up north than there are positions in FL.
Second, most FL employers - including those in the PGI group - will be hiring a lot of H2Bs from out-of-country in October. This means more H2Bs going to FL straight from their countries. This also means significantly fewer positions in FL available for the in-country H2Bs looking to return to FL on an extension.
Third, we will likely not have positions available for in-country non-PGI candidates for October.
Fourth, most FL employers work with agents such as PGI. There are very few independent employers in FL who are not affiliated with an agent. It is very possible that the other agents will also not have many positions available for October for in-country candidates
...so, what does this mean for those going private?
There will be a lot fewer jobs available in FL in October than there are H2Bs up north looking to go to FL.
Fewer "independent" employer means that they will fill their positions fast; once that happens, the only alternatives are to re-join other recruiters; except few will be interested in taking on a lot of "private" H2Bs.
The "private H2Bs" will only find positions that are less competitive than what PGI clients offer; and, by and large, PGI clients in FL are among the most comptetitive.
...to conclude: worse jobs and very few available
We recognize your prerogative to look after your self-interest. Like you, we also have the prerogative to look after ours.
And if you should leave our program to go elsewhere, you will not be considered for future placements unless your going off program was approved.
Nonetheless, if you think you will be better served by going private, we wish you good luck in your endeavors. We ask, however, that you communicate your decision to us so that we can replace you with someone who truly wishes to build a long-standing presence in our program