High-performing companies such as Apple, IBM, E&Y and Intel recruit thousands of highly-skilled foreign nationals to join their workforce each year. In 2017, the top 25 companies sponsoring H1B foreign nationals offered a total of 153,982 job opportunities. For foreign nationals, the process of immigrating to the United States and other developed economies is stressful and complex. For companies hiring these workers, managing all of the paperwork required to extend an offer to a foreign national is a drain on administrative resources. That is why companies in dozens of industries rely on Fragomen to streamline their H1B worker hiring process.
Fragomen’s corporate clients have increasingly asked about the law firm’s ability to use digital solutions to provide support. Fragomen needed to create a digital solution to simplify the process for foreign nationals, keeping them informed on where they are in the process and what additional information is required, and providing them with a portal to regularly connect with a lawyer.
Fragomen came to Bottle Rocket with a fixed budget and a clear idea of what they needed: an app. To begin, we immersed ourselves in the challenges that foreign nationals face while keeping in mind Fragomen’s business goals. Considering the fixed budget and the actual need at hand, we realized that building native iOS and Android applications could meet Fragomen’s needs, but at too great a cost. We explored a more cost-effective solution, a Progressive Web App (PWA), that could deliver a native app-like experience for all users but at a much lower price point. By getting creative and truly understanding the needs of our client, we were able to recommend and build a solution that included all features needed and reached the broadest audience possible.
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