Have you ever wondered how you can land a job with a US employer who will sponsor you for an H-1B visa?
In this video attorney Jacob Sapochnick discusses the process of finding a job in the United States that can lead to an H-1B sponsorship.
To be able to work in the United States you must have a work visa. The most common work visa is the H-1B visa.
What is the H-1B visa?
The H-1B visa allows American companies and/or organizations to employ foreign workers in a specialty occupation. To be able to apply for the H-1B visa you must have a job offer from a U.S. employer, and a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent work experience to work in the position sought.
The H-1B visa is a visa for professionals. Attorneys, architects, engineers, business directors, lodging managers, etc. can apply for the H-1B visa based on their specialty occupation.
How do you land a job offer?
U.S. employers are open to hiring foreign nationals, but many are unaware of the process that goes into employing a foreign national.
Step One: Educate Yourself About the Process of Obtaining an H-1B Visa
In order to be successful in landing a job offer in the U.S., you must first educate yourself on the process of immigrating to the U.S. by way of the H-1B visa.
When you attend your job interview, you must be able to explain to the employer what the process is to petition for your H-1B work visa.
The U.S. employer must sponsor the foreign worker for the H-1B visa, and the applicant must have the appropriate credentials to fulfill the job duties. In addition, the U.S. employer must sign paperwork to be filed by April 1st and promise to pay the foreign worker at least the prevailing wage of the position sought. If approved for the H-1B visa, the applicant can begin work in October.
Step Two: Focus on Companies that Hire H-1B Workers
It is much easier to land a job with a company that has a history of hiring foreign nationals and petitioning for their H-1B visa. Focusing on large companies will reduce your chance of landing a job offer, while focusing on small to medium sized companies, such as start-ups can increase your likelihood of receiving a job offer.
Step Three: Network with Employers
If you are in the U.S. go to job fairs or networking events where you can interact with employers. If you are outside of the U.S. talk to friends and family members for an opportunity to network with a representative from a U.S. company. You can also utilize social media, as well as career platforms such as LinkedIn to network with companies in the U.S.