The world’s largest clothing retailer is considering offering a visa-free service to some employees as a way to attract more foreign workers to its U.S. stores.
The company’s CEO, Joe Tsai, said in a letter Monday that the company will begin piloting a Visa-free option for Nordstrom employees who are not currently working for the company.
Nordstrom employees can apply for the program starting in the next few weeks.
The company plans to provide workers with a computer and a phone to log in to its systems so they can visit their company’s stores and conduct business, Tsai wrote in the letter to employees.
It also plans to allow them to apply for work-related visas as part of the program.
Employees can apply through a process similar to the ones used for applicants applying for temporary visas, Tsay wrote.
The program is part of Nordstrom’s commitment to hiring 100,000 foreign workers in the U.K., the company said in its letter to workers.
It said it has a goal of having 80 percent of its workers from outside the U, where most foreign workers live, by 2021.
The U.F.O. program has been used for years in Japan and other countries, but it was designed to help U.N. peacekeepers and aid workers in countries like Syria.
The U.P.O.-sponsored program is known as the United Nations Refugee Resettlement Program, or UNRAP.
The United States, France, Canada and other nations have also been involved in the program since 2012, but Tsai said Monday that Nordstrom would start piloting the program as early as this summer.
“We want to be the best, and Nordstrom has a lot of talent here,” Tsai told employees, according to a company statement.