International Job Search
Due to the many federal guidelines and regulations regarding the employment of non-U.S. citizens, job searching can be a challenge for international students selecting to work in the United States upon graduation. Employers are often unfamiliar and inexperienced with the process; therefore it is important that international students become familiar with the American job search process and current government policies.
- F-1 visas: Eligible international students have the opportunity to work full-time in the United States for 12 months after graduation.
- H-1B visas: Employer-sponsored international employees are allowed to work in the United States for 1-6 years.
Employer Point of View
- Many companies are unfamiliar with the process which continues to change and adjust, leaving the employer with the idea that the process is complicated and costly.
- Due to the current economic climate, many employers worry about taking jobs away from American citizens.
- There may also be concern that once the organization trains the employee, they may choose to return to their country of origin.
- Additionally, employers interested in hiring
international students must:
- Sponsor an employee to receive his/her H-1B visa
- Petition the government for the visa
- Gain approval from the Labor Department
- Obtain the necessary legal council
- Fund the process
What to do?
- International students should develop an understanding of the additional responsibilities imposed on employers when it comes to hiring international students as well as all the steps involved.
- International students must also understand the American job search process.