Following the H1B visa latest news 2019 is a challenge. H1B visa news is complicated, slow, and evolving. Earlier this week the Trump administration announced possible changes to the H1B visa that will affect international students, US companies that hire international students, and career services staff. Below we cover the H1B visa latest news for 2019.
Canada is making it easier for international job seekers to get jobs in tech. Getting tech jobs for foreigners in Canada just got easier thanks to Canada’s Global Skills Strategy, a streamlined visa process to make it easy for Canadian tech companies to hire international talent. The new immigration pathway, called Global Talent Stream, allows Canadian companies to get a visa for an international candidate in as little as two weeks. With the Global Talent Stream, Canada signals that it is open to talented tech workers around the world.
If you are looking for Global Talent Stream companies, how to get job offer in Canada from outside the country, or just curious about jobs for foreigners in Canada, review the resources below.
We created a Facebook group for international students to get help in the international student job search. Sometimes we share H-1B jobs or internships in the group. We share articles from this site and updates from LinkedIn contacts. We also answer questions about the international job search.
This week’s post is the answer to a question about companies who don’t sponsor international students. It comes from an international student who’s curious about why companies don’t tell students that they don’t sponsor international students.
In the H1B job search there are three different companies: 1) companies that sponsor H1B, 2) companies that don’t sponsor international students, and 3) companies who won’t tell you they don’t sponsor H1B until the student gets to the end of interview.
Investing time and resources into a job only to find out at the end of an interview that they don’t sponsor is super frustrating. So we are thrilled to answer this question.
While there’s still no official list of companies that sponsor H-1B, there is now a list for companies that hire international students on STEM OPT. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) just released a list of STEM OPT employers that provided STEM OPT in 2017. That means these companies are hiring opt international students.
All F1 visa students have the option for OPT visa. If you are a international student studying in a STEM field (science, tech, engineering or math), you have the option to apply for an OPT STEM extension for an additional 2 year of OPT. (note: if any of this doesn’t make sense – check in with your international student office for an intro to your work authorization options!)
Understanding companies that hire OPT students
Many employers on this list are IT outsourcing or staffing companies. Companies like Tata, Infosys, Cognizant Technology Solutions, and more are outsourcing companies. While they are companies that hire international students they are less likely to sponsor for H-1B. So if your goal is to stay beyond the length of your OPT STEM extension, we don’t advise working for IT outsourcing or staffing companies.
Research is an important part of an H1B job search
Staffing companies like Kforce and Kelly Services, for example, also pay less as they are charging the hosting employer a fee for placing you. Always do your research on all companies to learn whether you will be employed directly by the target company, a staffing service, or an IT outsourcing company. Our Top 250 Companies that Offer H-1B List doesn’t include IT outsourcing or staffing companies as we believe in promoting companies that want to hire international talent directly.
It’s International Education Week, the week where international educators celebrate the benefits of international exchange. In honor of the week we’re breaking from our usual career resources for international students. Instead, this post is for career services staff who support international students in their job search.
Each year the Institute of International Education (IIE) produces an annual report, Open Doors, summarizing important trends in international education. The report offers a glimpse into international students trends, including students’ academic and increasingly professional journey. In 2017/18 the number of international students studying in the US reached 1,094,792. A record number of international students, 203,462, took advantage of OPT in the 2017/18 year, an 15% increase from the 2016/17 school year.
The challenges for international students looking for work in the US are immense. From navigating American style networking to understanding the H-1B job search process to figuring out what exactly to say to people on LinkedIn, international students need more support in their search compared to their American peers. Despite the challenges, the majority of international students want the opportunity to experience working in the US.
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:
Reaching out and asking strangers for a professional interview is a large part of the international student job search. Informational interviews are the must-have tool for your US job search. Without them, you will not get hired in the US.
Informational interviews are conversations with professionals. They give professionals an opportunity to get to know you. Use informational interviews as a tool to build relationships with connections inside companies you’d like to work. When people get to know you and your qualifications, they are more likely to refer you when a position opens.
The conversations also give you an opportunity to learn about the company and roles that interest you. Think of informational interviews as a way of gathering data about a company. The more you know, the more competitive you will be in the job search.
Searching for a job in a foreign country is hard work. Finding companies that sponsor and creating a solid H-1B jobs list is a frustrating process. Getting rejected from an interview sucks. So sometimes it’s good to have a bit of support.
This year GlobalMe School has created an easy place to find job search tips for international students. In our new Facebook group for international student careers, you have a place to share experiences, ask questions, and meet each other.
Finding companies that sponsor international students is the biggest challenge in every international student’s job search. It is quite difficult to find companies that hire international students because there is no official list. The government doesn’t produce a list of companies that hire for OPT. Finding companies that offer H-1B takes a lot of research and preparation.
As you start your job search, you’ll discover some familiar names of companies that sponsor international students:
- JP Morgan
- Capitol One
- Goldman Sachs
The American hiring process is challenging for new international students. It’s filled with a lot of rejection. Sometimes the rejection is because they company doesn’t provide sponsorship. But other times, the rejection is for another reason: the student was not a fit for the job. Other times, the student wasn’t likable enough for the position.Recruiters are looking for future employees who are a fit and who are likable. If you don’t understand those concepts, you won’t get hired.
Likability and fit are two concepts of the American hiring process that surprise many international students. But they are incredibly important to learn if you want to get hired in the US. You can’t learn them in class. You won’t learn them from friends. You will only learn them through practice and research.