Tuesday, September 29, 2015

International Student Guide: Securing Employment in the U.S.

By Naimeesha Murthy
World Education Services

Finding a job after graduation isn’t easy for international students. Beyond the typical worries of finding work after school, international students face unique challenges when it comes to this process. Listed below are some tips to consider before and while applying for jobs. We hope they help!

Why an employer might be nervous to sponsor international students:
  • Hiring an international student is costly and time-consuming; it involves paperwork, visa filing, and the ambiguity of whether a petition will be accepted or not.
  • Fearing students will leave after six months or a year.
As you may face these obstacles, it’s your duty to research strategically, prepare solid responses to potential questions, and work hard to land your dream job.

Plan Well and Start Early

This advice stands true for any student, domestic or international. However, note that it will take you longer to find a job that does sponsor international workers, so the sooner you start, the better your chances. Find out which companies have sponsored H-1B visas for international students in the past. You can search for these companies here.

Additional job resources:

Know the Rules and Regulations
Often, employers are unaware of what really goes into filling out a work permit. It’s important that you’re clear when discussing the visas you need, the different possibilities, deadlines, and costs. This will allow you to feel more confident and prepared when applying for jobs.

Network and Take Advantage of Career Services

Take advantage of your college community. Speak to alumni who have gone through the same process.

Your school’s career center is likely to have a lot of experience dealing with international students and should be able to help you too. Because H-1B work permits are designed only for specialty occupations and employees who have the fitting credentials for the job, you should look to apply for jobs that are already qualified for H-1B visa sponsorship. Click here to see a list.

Yes, spending a lot of time trying to get a job and seeing no results can be very frustrating. Make sure you don’t give up. Just remember that these things take time
patience is key. 

Are you an international student who has successfully gotten a job in the U.S. after college? Please share your tips and advice in the comments below!

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