Our main goal at SponsorMyJob is to provide skilled foreign workers with the necessary resources when job hunting. Whether you are new to the job market or a veteran, there are several factors you should consider. The following is a list of factors that we compiled for individuals looking for H1B jobs.
What to look for when job hunting
These factors apply to everyone regardless of their immigration status. However, they tend affect foreign workers in unique ways:
- Compensation: It not only includes your base salary but also the signing bonus, performance bonus and other benefits. So you have to do your homework and research salaries. Salaries for H1B jobs vary a lot even though the DOL makes sure H1B wages correspond to market rates. Also, despite being a foreign worker, you still have the power to negotiate your salary and benefits.
- Company Culture: American companies tend to have a more relaxed and casual work environment, especially in the tech industry. As a foreigner, you may be accustomed to a more formal work culture. Another aspect of the culture to consider is whether the company welcomes and encourages diversity.
- Work-life balance: Being happy outside is equally important to being successful at work. In addition to a reasonable work-life balance, you should consider the company’s vacation policy. As a foreigner, you may need to take more days off at a time than an average American when going back home to visit. So make sure you clarify the policy with recruiter or hiring manager.
- Opportunities for growth: Your future job should allow you to learn and grow as an individual. However, you should keep in mind that promotions may affect your immigration status in the US. Particularly, during the green card application process, a job title change may require changes to your application as well. So pick a company that knows how to handle the intricacies of the US immigration system.
What to look for in H1B jobs
For foreign workers in particular, there are a few more things to consider:
- H1B Sponsorship: This is more relevant to foreigners currently studying in the US and planning to secure a job here. While you can legally work for a company under OPT, the company is not required to sponsor your H1B visa. So, make sure the company you are interested in actually sponsors H1B visas and not only accepts foreign workers.
- Green Card Sponsorship: H1B is a non-immigrant visa that gives you the right to temporarily live and work in the US. In order to become a permanent resident through employment, you need sponsorship from the company you are working for. The process is both lengthy and costly. S0, check which companies offer this option to their foreign employees when job hunting.
- International presence: As a temporary foreign worker in the US, you may want to keep your options open when it comes to the work location. Some big American companies (e.g. Google) have offices across the globe. So, they are more open to international transfers.