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[0:00] This is immigration answer show with Jim hacking episode number 29.
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Today’s question about the u.s. immigration system:
Are employers really sponsoring foreign Nationals for H-1B worker visas?
Today’s question comes from shiv.
Shiv has just graduated from Parkway University and he is on optional practical training and he’s wondering are employer still sponsoring people for work visas.
He is not a American citizen nor does he have a green card so he is here on an F-1 student visa from back home and he’s wondering is it still worthwhile to find an employer who can sponsor for an H-1B, are employers still going through the hassle of getting H-1B worker visas for their foreign-born employees. The answer to this question is without a doubt a yes even today,
with all the toughening down of immigration rules and procedures by the Trump Administration people are still getting sponsored for H-1B visas.
We had a great meeting last week with the young man from Bangladesh who has a small company that he works for he’s been on optional practical training for the last year which is a bridge between F-1 student status and work visas in the United States opt allows a student to remain on their F1 visa after graduation.
And to work temporarily for a US employer and then if the US employer likes them enough then they sometimes not always but sometimes go ahead and sponsor the for National for a H1B.
[2:06] Although the process is a pain in the butt it’s still something that definitely is occurring so an employer who would want to sponsor you Shiv they would have to find out what the wages for your occupation are, it has to be a specialty occupation in order for you to qualify for an H-1B visa, and that means that it’s sort of like a professional job or one that’s on a sort of a general understanding that it takes a specific degree in a specific field for you to be able to perform that job and.
Of course there’s a lottery and so employers spend a lot of money on lawyers and on filing fees and a lot of hassle doing all the paperwork dealing with the Department of Labor.
And US citizenship and immigration service but at the end of the day there are still employers that are finding out that there are foreign-born.
Employees are potential employees are so special that they’re willing to go to bat for them and we see it every year every year I have some soon to come to me and say oh mr. hacking no one’s ever going to sponsor me for an H-1B I don’t know what to do.
I told him to hit the pavement to start looking for employees who already have sponsor people for H-1B.
To do a lot of the leg work and then to make a great impression on them if they do get their foot in the door and have the opportunity to shine.
And that’s what happened with our young man from Bangladesh should hopefully that’s something that can happen for you.
We really hope that as you start out on your opt Journey that you’re able to find an employer who’s willing to sponsor you for an H-1B.
You should not lose hope it’s still possible it’s still happening,
employers around the country are filing H-1B we expect there to be many more applications submitted then are at then their visas available for so there will probably be a lottery in this upcoming year.
[3:50] And the rules and procedures are being tweaked a little bit to make it a little bit more difficult.
The government is asking out for a lot more evidence to demonstrate that the employee is qualified for an H-1B so the hassle is there the hassle is real.
[4:03] For the most part employees are still endeavoring to do this they’re still trying to get people work visa so I wouldn’t give up hope yet shift.
I hope this answers your question I hope that it helps you on your path.
Towards finding an employment Visa at hopefully with the game the game of staying in the United States we really hope that you’re able to do that and it all your immigration dreams come true.
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