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Navigating the job search when you have a work visa

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2023 | Visas |

Looking for a job in the United States when you have a work visa can have its challenges. However, knowing how to navigate the process may help you identify opportunities more easily.

Some of the things that will benefit you include knowing where to look, knowing what to look for and knowing how to confidently interview.

Find opportunities

You can find opportunities in several places including online job sites, community advertisements and local job fairs. Consider the type of work you are most interested in. List your skills and competencies. Focusing on what you can provide to an employer can help you streamline your job search.

Narrow your search

A good rule of thumb is to remember that an “Equal Opportunity Employer” does not always mean an employer will accept work visas. If possible, look for indications that an employer allows non-citizens to work for them. You might even look for a contact so you can reach out to a recruiter and ask. Knowing ahead of time if an employer allows non-citizen employees can save you a lot of time applying to jobs only to find out you do not meet their eligibility requirements.

Prepare to interview

Preparing for a job interview is an exciting step in your journey. Research the company and look for ways to highlight how your experience and skills will meet the employer’s objectives. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, how long you can work on a visa depend on the type of visa you have. Keep this in mind as you prepare to begin a new job.

Working in the United States can provide considerable opportunities. As you continue working toward citizenship, this accomplishment may ignite your motivation and encourage you to keep going.


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