Where can I find H-1B sponsors?

Updated on October 17, 2023
At a Glance: Obtaining an H1B visa and sponsorship for working in the U.S. can be challenging. To simplify the process, utilize sponsor databases to identify potential sponsors and their job offerings. Look for jobs specifically offering H1B visas and consider internships as a pathway to sponsorship. Apply to global companies or universities, which have more flexibility in sponsoring visas. Be cautious of small companies claiming sponsorship without a track record. Share experiences and helpful information in the comments section to assist others in finding sponsors.

For many people, making the decision to get an H1B visa and work in the U.S.A. is an easy one, however, finding sponsorship and making the move is not quite as easy. These can be daunting tasks, particularly if you are thousands of miles away. It’s hard to know where to look so we’ve written this short guide with the hope of possibly making these steps a little bit easier for you to make.

Check sponsors databases There are a number of online databases that will give you all of the information you need to know about potential sponsors. Here you will be able to search for sponsors in different cities and find out the type of jobs they have been submitting H1B applications for in recent years. You will also be able to see the salaries on offer for these jobs and the success rate of their previous H1B applications. Using these databases you will be able to make a list of companies to contact and inquire about sponsorship.

Search for jobs offering H1B visas There are a number of jobs that come with the offer of H1B sponsorship. You will need to search for and identify, these jobs before registering and applying for the positions. You can use the list you made during your database search to help narrow down your search for these roles.

Find an internship If you are already in the U.S.A. on an F1 visa, you have the option of becoming an intern. This could give you an opportunity in a company without initially needing an H1B visa. Be careful to look for this opportunity in a company that will offer an H1B visa at some point down the line. Your database list will again come in useful here or, alternatively, you can attend job fairs or career centers to find a suitable match. If you are serious about getting the visa, it is probably a good idea to mention future plans at some point during the interview process.

Apply for jobs in global companies If you can get with a job global company in your home country you will be increasing your chance of getting a sponsor for an H1B visa. When interviewing, make it clear that you have the desire to make an application, you will likely have to join a queue made up of other employees with similar plans, but you are increasing your overall chances of sponsorship.

Small companies that offer sponsorship There are a number of small firms operating that claim to offer H1B sponsorship. It is always hard to discover whether such companies are genuine as they are unlikely to have any H1B history or appear on any databases. If you do not personally know someone within the company, it is probably not a wise move to get involved with them. In recent years, there have been a number of incidents where people paid money to these companies on the promise of sponsorship, however, they did not receive it and were left without their money and no sponsorship.

Find a job in a university Universities in the U.S.A. do not fall under the normal H1B caps or quota systems. This means that they are free to sponsor as many people as they wish. This is a good option for anyone who is already in the U.S.A. on an F1 or H4 visa. However, under these conditions, you will not be able to apply for an H1B transfer and will need to make a new application for the coming fiscal year if you wish to change employment.

Have you had any good or bad experiences finding an H1b sponsor? Do you feel you have any information that may help someone else find a sponsor? Let us know in the comments section.

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Frank Gogol

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