Yes, Amazon sponsors H1B: How to Get a Job at Amazon

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:

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Seven ways to find companies that sponsor international students

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:

  • Amazon
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • JP Morgan
  • Facebook
  • Intel
  • PWC
  • Apple
  • Walmart
  • LinkedIn
  • Salesforce
  • Capitol One
  • Tesla
  • Ebay
  • Goldman Sachs

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The US cities with the most H1B jobs

Looking for H1B jobs is stressful. It’s not as simple as typing “h1b visa sponsorship available” into Google. H1B news and updates change frequently. American companies are complicated. Not all US companies offer H1B sponsorship. Even if you companies that sponsor H1B, they won’t sponsor for every position. Even Amazon, a company that many F1 visa students apply to because they sponsor H1B, doesn’t sponsor for every job. You are more likely to get an H1B sponsorship for a data scientist or software engineer job than a social media coordinator.

Despite the fact that it’s getting harder for international students to get sponsored, there are still plenty of companies who are willing to sponsor international students. This week in H1B news it was announced that the 2018/19 H1B processing hit it’s annual cap, which happens when H-1B applications exceeded the available number of H1B visas. That means the decision of who gets an H1B will be determined by luck (unlike in Canada where the visa process is decided by merit). But here is the good news: all of these applications are backed by a company that is willing to hire a talented international candidate. So even though it feels like companies aren’t hiring H1B students, they still are. They’re just very hard to find. And you have to be a specialized candidate to get hired.

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How to find jobs in Canada as an international graduate

Finding companies that sponsor F1 visa international students is going to get harder in 2018. While nobody knows for sure what will happen with H-1B, employers don’t like risk and uncertainty. It’s already difficult for international students who want to work in the US after graduation.

A lot of international students studying in the US are now looking at working in Canada as an option. Finding jobs in Canada as an international graduate similar to the US; you still need a job offer from a Canadian company. But the visa process is smoother and less restricted. There is no lottery process for the H-1B. Instead, they have a point allocation system. In places like Vancouver, they’ve introduced a Global Skills Strategy that fast tracks visas, some in as little as two weeks, for highly skilled technology workers.

If Canada interest you here are a few resources to help you get started if you are thinking about moving to Canada.

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Elevator pitch for international students: Create your story

Employers want to learn about you. They are curious about your background and interests. Most American students learn how to give an elevator pitch during their studies. An elevator pitch is a short, professional introduction to use at career fairs and interviews. Job seekers share their elevator pitch to help employers get to know them.

But…

Elevator pitches suck

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Why don’t companies sponsor H-1B visas for international students?

It’s one of the first questions I get as an international student career coach: “Why don’t companies sponsor H-1B visas for international students?” Most students experience rejection from the start of their job search because H-1B visa sponsor companies are difficult to find.

Here are the most common reasons why a company doesn’t offer H1-B visa sponsorship.

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