What's the best way to get H1B jobs in the US as international students?

Updated on : December 3, 2021 by Owen Davenport



What's the best way to get H1B jobs in the US as international students?

H1b jobs are hard to find but not impossible. To find companies that hire international students, you need to be really good at research. The best way to land H1B jobs is to develop a strategy and gain experience in school. Employers only hire H1B candidates who are exceptional. H1B jobs are extremely competitive.

First, look for companies that sponsor international students using a site like myvisajobs.com to research which companies they sponsor. They have a list of 100 companies that applied for H1B visas, so it is a good indication that the company will be open to international students. If you don't see a company that interests you, use your database to search for it (as your database exceeds 100 companies). But that's just the first step. Once you find sponsors for a company, you need to find out which jobs are right for you and your level. You also need to attract attention. Submitting a resume online will not attract attention. The average job title gets more than 200 resumes with only 2% invited for an interview. It's difficult to get an interview simply by applying for jobs online. Employers want you to have:

  • Communication skills (written and verbal) AND technical skills
  • Hands-on work experience outside the classroom
  • Leadership skills
  • Motivation and passion for work (as evidenced by your interactions with employees within the company)

So here is the quick overview of how to get an H1B job:

  • Research all the companies that interest you
  • Check myvisajobs to see if they sponsor
  • Learn all you can about that company
  • Get experience while in school that relates to the job you want to do (Americans have to do this too) (i.e. don't just focus on academics)
  • Talk to everyone about your interests, including employers at career fairs and alumni of companies that interest you.
  • Work on your communication skills more than anything - make sure your emails are error free and that you are confident enough to talk to employers and people about your interests
  • Learn as much about American culture as possible (to suit business) (i.e. get comfortable with an annoying little talk)

It's the little things that give you the H1B job, not one big thing. All join an exceptional candidate.

Good luck!

For a detailed version of my answer and details on the H1B job search, please read this guide: How to Find a Job in the US.

Yes. This is not to say that there are NEVER brilliant people doing a job. It would be difficult to find Americans with comparable talent, however, in my experience of more than 30 years in the software industry, yes, H1B visa holders are accepting jobs that Americans could do. , but they are not willing to do it for the salary or on the conditions offered. Are H1B Visa Holders Slashing American Workers' Wages and Benefits? Yes.

I worked as a consultant for a large company where at least 30% of the staff were currently or previously on H1B visas. Let me give you an example of a competent young woman. She worked 6

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Yes. This is not to say that there are NEVER brilliant people doing a job. It would be difficult to find Americans with comparable talent, however, in my experience of more than 30 years in the software industry, yes, H1B visa holders are accepting jobs that Americans could do. , but they are not willing to do it for the salary or on the conditions offered. Are H1B Visa Holders Slashing American Workers' Wages and Benefits? Yes.

I worked as a consultant for a large company where at least 30% of the staff were currently or previously on H1B visas. Let me give you an example of a competent young woman. I worked 6 days a week because on Sundays we did maintenance on the systems, a very reasonable schedule since few of our clients worked from 11 pm on Sunday to 5 am on Monday (8 am ET).

I said, "You take another day of the week to make up for that, right?"

She said, "No, I don't want to make waves, because the company has my visa."

He was a competent person, but he wasn't doing anything incredibly innovative that you couldn't get an American to do, but I wouldn't work 6 days a week and get paid for five.

I was an employee of another company where some of the managers verged on madness. Let me tell you that 30% of the developers left in one year. An example,

My boss (a great guy) told Sales that it would take 12 months to do a project. We won the contract and then they told us that we had to do it in 6 months because that is what the client wanted and what they had promised in sales.

Two developers were assigned, me and another. The other boy was furious that this was expected to come out in 6 months. I found it funny. I'm very good at my job and put in a solid 8-10 hours, but if you have contingencies this database needs to be available before I can do this analysis, you can just cut the hours a little bit.

The other developer quit for a better paying job and so did I, because the whole idea was a complete joke. They hired a couple of developers from China. I trained in the person who took my job. His English was so bad that it was almost incomprehensible. I'm not unfriendly. My grandparents emigrated to the United States> and I am working in Santiago as of next month to be able to relate.

My point is that in none of these cases was someone with an H1B visa necessary because there were no Americans available. There were simply no Americans available to put up with the administration's nonsense.

In both cases, I moved into a better position and felt very sorry for the H1B people I left behind.

These are just two of the MANY examples I've seen in my career.

It is quite difficult but not impossible. Your (likely) biggest barriers are:

  • Lack of authorization / work visa
  • Lack of work experience in the US
  • Lack of familiarity with the job search process in the US.

Applying for a job on a website is the worst possible way for an international student to find work in the US The average job listing receives over 200 applications. The average recruiter spends less than 15 seconds on their resume. STEM fields are the most desirable fields among sponsoring employers, but positions in those companies are also the most competitive. Have you ever another international STEM major you know?

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It is quite difficult but not impossible. Your (likely) biggest barriers are:

  • Lack of authorization / work visa
  • Lack of work experience in the US
  • Lack of familiarity with the job search process in the US.

Applying for a job on a website is the worst possible way for an international student to find work in the US The average job listing receives over 200 applications. The average recruiter spends less than 15 seconds on their resume. STEM fields are the most desirable fields among sponsoring employers, but positions in those companies are also the most competitive. Any other international STEM student who knows and wants to stay in the US will also apply for those jobs.

To be successful, you need to learn to excel in your job search in the US You also have to put in a lot of effort to learn how job search works and how to adapt your behavior to an American-style job search. Here are three skills to learn ASAP:

Research and Positioning: Learn which companies offer work authorization and limit your applications to those companies. Then, learn what companies want through in-depth research - research online, talking to people within companies to learn their needs, asking recruiters smart questions - and positioning yourself as the person who can uniquely contribute to the company. Research what role you are fit for, what skills you have (and don't have) for the role, and how you can develop those skills from now until graduation.

Self-promotion: talking about your skills, experience, and goals in relation to the company you want to work for. This includes learning how to write a results-oriented resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile; learn to answer behavioral interview style questions confidently but casually; and learn how to do this when you don't have any formal experience in the position you want to work for.

Networking: Talk to American professionals to learn about hidden opportunities and build relationships. This also includes mastering small talk and being comfortable asking strangers for advice without an introduction.

International students who do find work in the US think strategically about their search, build relationships with key people to help them, and know how to communicate its value. It's not impossible, it just takes a lot of planning and time. Get started as soon as possible. Good luck!

The simple answer will be: it will be extremely difficult to get a job with pure H1 or even I-140.

Today, the US administration is watching all employers on the number of US citizens in their company. And for sure Wipro, TCS and other Indian organizations have accounting Americans as full-time workers in the US area.

Therefore, USICS will consider these facts when analyzing its H1 applications. So to get a good perspective with the US and DHS, most of the native IT giants in India have already stopped hiring H1 or even I140 people. They are only hiring top and top candidates from USC, regardless of whether they know

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The simple answer will be: it will be extremely difficult to get a job with pure H1 or even I-140.

Today, the US administration is watching all employers on the number of US citizens in their company. And for sure Wipro, TCS and other Indian organizations have accounting Americans as full-time workers in the US area.

Therefore, USICS will consider these facts when analyzing its H1 applications. So to get a good perspective with the US and DHS, most of the native IT giants in India have already stopped hiring H1 or even I140 people. They are only hiring top and leading candidates from USC, regardless of whether they know and manage the projects (there is a lot of drama in the projects as most of the work done offshore and the offshore team feels the pressure and puts it in pending mode. managers are having the worst nightmare of their life)

But at ground level, the chances of finding work for H1 people are now reduced to 1/500 compared to earlier times.

And also the H1 visa approval process is purposely expanded to make job changes and opportunities difficult. In the last few days, most of my friends say that even with all the valid documents they used to mark the H1 premium transfer in RFE mode and make it wait 2 months. So basically the candidate can't make a solid and sure move. And companies are not willing to wait and risk for that long either.

And the situation will get even worse and most of the US-based client project managers are quitting overseas as it is becoming extremely difficult to handle a pressurized, escalation-filled team ...

But at higher visa levels, these things will reflect nothing and policies will become increasingly stringent in the future to reduce the immigration count in the US.

Simply put, only God will know the actual outcome of the IT sector and US-based accounts in the future.

Step one: identifying a sponsor

Before you can submit an H1B visa petition and go through the H1B application process, you must first find a sponsoring company or employer. If you are currently in the United States as a student on an F1 visa, you should check with your employer whether or not they can sponsor you on an H1B visa. If you have an L1 visa or other visa status, it is best to contact an immigration attorney to explore your specific case.

H1B Visa Fee Categories 2018

The H1B quota is the maximum number of requests accepted within that category. There are three main categories

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Step one: identifying a sponsor

Before you can submit an H1B visa petition and go through the H1B application process, you must first find a sponsoring company or employer. If you are currently in the United States as a student on an F1 visa, you should check with your employer whether or not they can sponsor you on an H1B visa. If you have an L1 visa or other visa status, it is best to contact an immigration attorney to explore your specific case.

H1B Visa Fee Categories 2018

The H1B quota is the maximum number of requests accepted within that category. There are three main categories within the H1B visa season, as illustrated by the infographic:

H1B Regular Fee: 65,000

Mastery Fee: 20,000

Citizens of Chile and Singapore: 6,800 of the Regular Quota are reserved for citizens of Chile and Singapore as part of the Free Trade Agreement.

Cap Exempt H1B: No fee imposed

H1B Application Process Filing Fees Explanation

The H1B application process fees are generally paid by the employer sponsoring the foreign worker. Below is a breakdown of the standard filing costs:

  • Base filing fee: $ 325
  • ACWIA fee: $ 750 for employers with 1 to 25 full-time employees or $ 1,500 for employers with more than 26 full-time employees
  • Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee: $ 500
  • Premium Processing (optional): $ 1,225

This is a brief breakdown of fees and is subject to change based on the size of your organization and other details. Click here for a full breakdown of the 2017-2018 H1B application process fees.

Master's Fee Eligibility and Requirements

To be eligible for the Masters Fee (advanced degree waiver), you must first meet a number of requirements. You must have received your master's degree from an accredited institution based in the US The institution must also be public or non-profit in nature and accredited by a national accrediting agency. It's best not to assume that your US institution is automatically accredited because that is not always the case.

Steps in the H1B application process

Step 1: The first step in the H1B application process is for the US employer to file the H1B petition on behalf of the foreign worker. Make sure the employment letter includes the exact duties of the position, dates of employment, detailed description, salary offered, job requirements, contact information, etc.

Step 2: The State Employment Security Agency must confirm current and actual wages. If the prevailing wage exceeds the offer made by the prospective employer, a wage determination will be sought. It is important to ensure that the foreign worker does not work below the minimum. prevailing wage in the specific location. The Foreign Labor Certification Data Center maintains current wage determinations by location.

Step 3: The third step of the H1B application process is to submit the Application for Employment Status (ETA-9035).

Step 4: The next step is to prepare the petition and submit it to the corresponding USCIS office.

Step 5: Processing times for H1B application applications are subject to vary from location to location. If you want your request to be expedited, you can opt for premium processing. There is an additional charge for this service and it does not necessarily guarantee approval.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Effective March 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing service for all H1B petitions filed for the 2018 season.

Step 6: The final step of the H1B application process is to check the status of your H1B visa petition by entering your receipt number here. Once USCIS has your application on file, it will update its status in its system.

(Source: H1B Application Process: Step-by-Step Guide)

Before the I-140 EAD rule: there was no grace period. That means you had to leave ASAP, but hey, how practical is it to leave the next day after firing? Very unlikely, right? so USCIS was still approving a new H1b petition from a new employer if the gap was less than 60 days. If the gap was more than 60 days, USCIS was still approving your new h1b petition but they asked you to leave the country to get a new I-94. This was very difficult for the family with children, but somewhat manageable.

After I-140 EAD Rule Was Passed: There is now an official 60-day grace period. It means that you can look for work in 60 days.

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Before the I-140 EAD rule: there was no grace period. That means you had to leave ASAP, but hey, how practical is it to leave the next day after firing? Very unlikely, right? so USCIS was still approving a new H1b petition from a new employer if the gap was less than 60 days. If the gap was more than 60 days, USCIS was still approving your new h1b petition but they asked you to leave the country to get a new I-94. This was very difficult for the family with children, but somewhat manageable.

After I-140 EAD Rule Was Passed: There is now an official 60-day grace period. It means you can look for work in 60 days and apply for a new h1b petition and it will be approved with the new I-94. Even after 60 days, you can still stay, but USCIS will likely approve a new H1b petition without I-94 just like what was happening before.

What if your I-94 will expire soon?

In this case, you can convert your h1b visa to B1. It will give you some time to look for work. You should not stay past your I-94 date.

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I've been through this 2 years ago and been through tons of testing bugs.
I would appreciate if you could have given me your job profile here.
I contacted one of my friends who used to work for my company's clients. He told me that employers in the US, UK, Australia, etc. They prefer locals as it is impractical and expensive for them to take out a sponsor and immigrant work visa. But today working remotely is a valid option.
I'd say it's almost impossible if you do it on a personal level. There are two ways to move your base out of India or your home country:
1. Education:

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I've been through this 2 years ago and been through tons of testing bugs.
I would appreciate if you could have given me your job profile here.
I contacted one of my friends who used to work for my company's clients. He told me that employers in the US, UK, Australia, etc. They prefer locals as it is impractical and expensive for them to take out a sponsor and immigrant work visa. But today working remotely is a valid option.
I'd say it's almost impossible if you do it on a personal level. There are two ways to move your base out of India or your home country:
1. Education: Apply to recognized universities in the US and get a master's / diploma or any other certification. Your student VISA will allow you to work for US employers. I can give you many references to guide you further.

2. Through an Indian Employer - Get a job with an IT company in India with international clients. Get the visa sponsored by them.

My personal favorite is option 1. It gives you a great exposure to learn from the masters of the industry. It will make you mature in your work and open your eyes to different domains. It is also the fastest way of all. But at the end of the day, it is your decision.
Good luck

I was in the same situation as you. Although the United States offers many career opportunities, it does not guarantee you or anyone else a promising career after graduation, especially international students.

More than that, under the Trump presidency, more and more policies are being created in terms of preventing staffing companies from cheating the H-1B visa program, making it difficult for international candidates to get full-time jobs.

My recommendation for you is to consolidate your knowledge, prepare an outstanding resume and start submitting your applications to the company.

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I was in the same situation as you. Although the United States offers many career opportunities, it does not guarantee you or anyone else a promising career after graduation, especially international students.

More than that, under the Trump presidency, more and more policies are being created in terms of preventing staffing companies from cheating the H-1B visa program, making it difficult for international candidates to get full-time jobs.

My recommendation for you is to consolidate your knowledge, prepare an excellent resume and start sending your applications to the companies with which you hope to work. Please don't hesitate to contact any recruiter when the opportunity arises. Grab it and make it a hit!

The next step is to learn how to succeed in future interviews. There are a variety of instructions on the Internet that address this problem. One thing to remember: "When you are hopeless, don't worry, Google is always there for you."

In order to get a job in USA, you need to understand the various US (visa) issues for job seekers

Maybe you can visit a US embassy and collect the required details

Visa categories are many, the basis on which other requirements such as your qualification, ability, grade, marital status and monetary status are defined.

The best way is to consult reliable sources; If you have someone in the US, you can check with them or check the US visa category and eligibility for US job applicants.

There is no direct requirement that one have a degree of some kind, but the higher the degree you hold, the better your chances of getting an offer from an American company. One thing is for sure, no one wants to hire a doll and pay for their visa processing. But this does not mean that all AA title holders are dumb. However, they are likely to be taken that way.

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