FINDING JOBS IN USA AS AN IMMIGRANT
Here is information about job prospects in the United States, including work visas, green cards, and the green card lottery, as well as guidance on how to avoid visa frauds.
Workers with Work Permission in the United States
There are various categories of foreign workers permitted to work in the United States, such as permanent immigrant workers, temporary (non-immigrant) workers, and student and exchange workers:
- U.S. Green Card Holder, Exchange Visitor Visa
Temporary Work Visas (Non-Agricultural) Temporary Work Visas (Skilled Workers) Seasonal Agricultural Work Visas
Obtaining a U.S. Work Visa
In order to work in the United States, foreign people who are neither U.S. citizens nor lawful permanent residents are required to possess both a work visa and an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
- Foreign nationals who wish to work in the United States may apply for a variety of work visas, including temporary work visas, seasonal work visas, and exchange worker visas.
Prior to going to the United States to work, you must get a visa from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country or the nation that is geographically nearest to where you reside.
Review information on the types of U.S. work visas, including eligibility conditions, and how to apply for a U.S. work visa.
Obtaining a Green Card
A green card, technically known as United States Lawful Permanent Residency, permits an individual to live and work in the United States permanently for workers seeking permanent U.S. residency.
Some categories, however, require a certification from the U.S. Department of Labour demonstrating that there are insufficient U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available in the geographic area where the immigrant will be employed and that no American workers will be displaced by foreign workers.
The annual green card lottery program (formerly known as the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program) affords potential immigrants the chance to become permanent legal residents of the United States. This program operates annually and awards up to 55,000 green cards to candidates selected at random through a lottery known as the “Green Card Lottery.” 5 applicants can apply online for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program.
Obtaining a U.S. Work Permit
If an individual is neither a U.S. citizen nor a lawful permanent resident, they will require an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to confirm their status to work in the United States. In addition to the work visa required for admission into the United States, an EAD will also be required.
Guide to Obtaining a Social Security Card
A social security number is required for employment in the United States if you are a non-citizen seeking employment. Learn how international workers can qualify for a social security number and obtain a social security card.
Verifying Employment Eligibility
Employers in the United States will require you to demonstrate your eligibility to work in the nation when they recruit you. Employees must complete Form I-9 to prove their eligibility to work in the United States.
This is the strategy you are most familiar with and employ the most. However, if you do not use it effectively, it can be a major waste of time.
The greatest error you can make is applying for every job vacancy you see, wherever. Nevertheless, I must remind you that you are a foreigner and require a visa! And barely one in sixteen U.S. corporations hire and sponsor their employees for a visa. Moreover, sponsor organizations cannot technically sponsor for all visa types. On the other hand, you cannot be sponsored for every sort of visa that exists.
It’s like searching for a needle in a mound of hay!
Applying to available positions placed on general employment sites puts you in competition with others, particularly locals with work authorization.
Even for Americans, it is difficult to obtain employment by applying online. Each year, more than 100 million people seek employment in the United States. Only 20% of jobs are posted online, yet 75% of applicants, including you, apply online. It indicates that the organization will receive an average of 250 applications each job posting. Hence, the existence of the ATS (Applicant Tracking System)! During the filing of your application, you will frequently be asked, “Do you require a visa sponsorship now or in the future?” and/or “Do you have work authorization?” If you provide a real response, the ATS will automatically block you. It will feel as though you have applied for nothing!
So, what are your chances here?
You can actually avoid making this error, and applying for jobs can be an effective technique if done right.
We now list job vacancies with visa sponsorship guarantees. But be careful! Again, the job must correspond to the visa for which you qualify! Please execute the Visa Simulator before proceeding.
On USponsor Me, there are two types of career opportunities:
- Job postings from companies with a history of visa sponsorship. However, you have competition from local applicants.
- Job postings from companies actively seeking a foreigner to fill a position for which they can provide visa sponsorship. It indicates that you are not competing with local candidates.
Does it make sense?
To flip between these two types of job postings, use the “Visa Guaranteed” toggle in the search boxes. If the toggle is enabled, you will only see occupations that guarantee visa sponsorship for foreign nationals. If it is disabled, you will view all jobs, even those for which you are competing with local candidates.
Moreover, guess what?
Your job search method will vary based on whether or not you find a job posting that guarantees visa sponsorship.
Apply for positions that do not require you to compete with locals! For jobs that require local competition, you should avoid applying online to medium- or large-sized businesses. This will be a time waster. In this instance, I strongly advise you to employ the Direct Approach technique, which will be discussed in further detail later in this article. No small businesses use an ATS. So, you can still have a chance with them by applying online, but you must also contact the recruiter directly via email or LinkedIn, explaining your additional reason and why you are the ideal candidate!