Learn how to research companies that sponsor H1B using two popular H1B visa databases.
Start with an H1B Database
There are two websites that compile H1B data into searchable databases:
Either database will work for this exercise. Choose the one that’s most useful for you. Examples in this post are taken using h1bdata.info.
Find 5 companies that interest you
To find a job in the US, you have to get to know US employers. While some US companies that sponsor H1B are well known – Google, Facebook, Amazon – there are thousands more that sponsor H1B.
To figure out which companies sponsor H1B, start by exploring US companies. Use the lists below to find five US companies that interest you.
- LinkedIn: Where the US wants to work now
- 100 best workplaces in 2019
- Best places for MBAs to work
- 50 hottest startups in 2019
- 70 best tech companies to work for outside of Silicon Valley
You can also look through the list of top companies that sponsored H1B, however this list includes IT staffing firms. International students should avoid applying to IT staffing and outsourcing firms because they receive the highest denial rates for H1B:
In FY 2018, USCIS denied 80% of the H-1B petitions for new (initial) employment for Capgemini, a French multinational, 61% for U.S. company Cognizant, and between 34% and 54% for IT services companies Syntel, Infosys, Mindtree and HCL America. To put these figures in perspective, major U.S. tech companies, including Amazon, Facebook and Apple, had 1% or 2% of their new H-1B petitions denied in FY 2018. – Forbes
If you choose to apply to an IT service company, you are at greater risk of not receiving an H1B, even if the company agrees to sponsor. To figure out if a company is an IT services company, Google the company and read their about page!
Look up each company in the H1B visa database
Next, select a company from the list and look it up in a visa database.
If the company is in the database, it has sponsored for H1B in the past and will most likely be open to sponsoring international students.
Add the company to the UC Davis Company Sponsorship List
If a company that interest you is in the database, add it to the collaborative UC Davis Company Sponsorship spreadsheet.
Review which positions are eligible for sponsorship
Remember, H1B sponsorship is decided at the position level. That means that just because a company sponsors doesn’t mean it will sponsor for every position.
When you research companies that sponsor H1B, you also have to research which positions they have sponsored for. For each company, identify the positions at the MBA level.
For example, below is a list of positions that Robinhood Markets, a US startup, sponsored in 2019 (accessible using the database h1bdata.info). Among these positions, the ones that are most likely MBA level positions are Corporate Accountant, Financial Analyst, Market Operations Specialist.
For each company you list, add the MBA positions that the company sponsored for in 2019.
List of MBA level positions
Common MBA job titles (titles can be combined – many MBA roles include Manager and Analyst in the title)
- Management Consultant
- Marketing Analyst
- Business Analyst
- Operations Manager
- Supply Chain Analyst
- Digital Marketing Manager
- Product Manager
- Financial Analyst
- Brand Manager
- Investment Banker
- Financial Manager
- Product Marketing Manager
- Business Development
- Innovation Consultant
- Business Strategy Analyst
- Analytics Manager
Or search through the list of positions that received H1B for common MBA roles and click to find which companies that sponsored H1B for them.