A student recently asked us if Amazon sponsors H1B. The answer is a definite yes. Amazon is a massive company leading us into the future of work. From e-commerce to cloud computing to leading in Alexa voice, Amazon works at the cutting edge. And that means they need technically skilled H1B workers like you to help them.
There are rumors that Amazon has stopped sponsoring H1B. It’s simply not true. There is no official Amazon sponsorship policy but Amazon hires more H1B visas than Google and Facebook combined. Amazon applied for over 2,500 H1B visas in 2017 an increase of 78% from the previous year. Even better, Amazon pays its workers well. n Amazon H1B salary is quite high – technical program managers make over $140,000 a year. While that isn’t an entry level job, even UX designers start at $82,000 a year and support engineer between 87,000 – 94,000.
Amazon Sponsors H1B for several positions
It’s common knowledge that Amazon hires the most MBAs. But that’s not the only position they hire for. Amazon sponsors H1B for many technical roles:
- Product Manager
- Software Engineer
- Solutions Architect
- Support Engineer
- Technical Account Manager
- Technical Program Manager
- UX Designer
- Technical Program Manager
- Hardware Development Engineer
- Quality Assurance Engineer
- Pathways Operations Manager
- Data scientists
- Data engineers
Not sure what these roles mean to you? Look them up on Amazon’s website. Learn what they do. Reach out to someone working at Amazon to speak to them about their role.
Most international students think of Seattle when they think of Amazon jobs. But Amazon sponsors H-1B in a different US locations:
- Atlanta, GA
- Boston, MA
- Cambridge, MA
- Carteret, NJ
- Chicago, IL
- Dallas, TX
- Denver, CO
- Hendron, VA
- North Reading, VA
- NYC, New York
- East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, and San Francisco, CA
How to Get a Job at Amazon
It’s known that Amazon is one of the easier companies to get an interview but the hardest to get hired. The Amazon interview is tough. Preparation is required. You also have to have the right preparation.
To get a job at Amazon as an international student, start with understanding the position you want. New grads make the mistake of applying for jobs without knowing exactly what they do. You can’t make that mistake at Amazon. If you want to be a product manager, make sure you know exactly what a product manager does and the skills needed to do it well. Then you need to understand the product that you would be working on if you got the job.
Preparation is critical to your success
Don’t expect to get hired with out doing a lot of research. Amazon expects you to know their leadership principles. In fact, you’ll be asked about them in your interview. They expect you to have opinions on their products and competitors. Amazon wants to know why you think the way you do.
There are plenty of resources to help you get hired at Amazon. In fact, Amazon has an entire page to the interview process at Amazon. Below are top resources to help you get sponsored at Amazon.
First, learn what it takes to get hired at Amazon.
Then look up common interview questions on Amazon.
Be sure to memorize Amazon’s leadership principles.
Then learn how to talk about them in the interview.
One more tip: Don’t let Amazon be your first interview. Try another company first to get practice with American style interviews (Need confidence? See our course to help build interview confidence for international students). And always try a mock interview first with your career services office so you can practice before you meet with Amazon.
Lastly, here’s one student’s experience with the Amazon interview, including the technical interview process, and dealing with rejection.