Which Employers Hire International Graduates?
The hiring process is expensive, so most companies look to hire for the long term. Your ability to obtain an H1B visa will make you more desirable to an organization. Some employers sponsor international employees, while others do not. Some large companies (outside of those connected to defense) and universities only hire the best candidates, regardless of nationality--and many have no restriction on the number of H1B visas they may sponsor. Smaller companies may not be familiar with the hiring rules/regulations for those with visas. As a rule, positions within the US government, many national labs, and security/defense organizations require US citizenship or permanent residency. Postings within state or local governments may be open to hiring international candidates.
We recommend that international graduate students use the following listings in combination with other networking activities to identify potential positions:
- International Student Employment Options: Guide written in conjunction with University of Notre Dame International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA)
- GoinGlobal: Global career intelligence, including career guides, jobs & internships, visa information, and employer directory
- Uniworld: "Who operates where" throughout the world. Easy searching in two separate databases: American Firms Operating in Foreign Countries and Foreign Firms Operating in the United States
- MyVisaJobs.com: Job postings and information about obtaining a U.S. work visa. Create a profile, upload a resume, explore the employer database and more
- Work Visa USA: MyVisaJobs.com blog featuring career/work topics of special interest to international students
- H1Base: USA Immigration, Work Visa, and Employment Solutions
- USCIS.gov: United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
- US Department of State: Bureau of Consular Affairs
- globalcareerstrategies.org: Global Career Strategy Center
- Visa Square: Latest H1B and Green Card Sponsorship Reports