Working in the United States post-graduation as an international student.

Episode 3!!

If you are a returning reader, welcome back! And if it’s your first time, welcome! The goal behind this blog series is to help as many international students navigate their journey from applying to college to getting a job after college!

In this episode, we will be providing a list of companies that sponsor international students. Before we get to that list, here is some background information for you.

H-1B Visa

What is an H-1B Visa? — The H-1B is an employment-based visa, a non-immigrant visa for temporary workers in the United States. Individuals can acquire the visa by employment from a U.S. organization(company)authorized to file an H-1B visa petition on their behalf. Usually, it is given to individuals with a bachelor’s degree, equivalent to that or higher. The H-1B visa is assigned initially for three years and may be extended for a maximum of six years, according to the American immigration council. Before the visa petition can be submitted, by law, the employer has to ensure that the employment of the H-1B worker will not adversely affect the wages or working conditions of a U.S. worker in a similar position. The H-1B is supposed to complement the need for works in the U.S. job industry and not replace U.S. workers.

H-1B Visa Lottery

There is a cap of 65,000 visas that can be offered per year, with an additional 20,000 assigned for individuals with masters or Ph.D. ‘s from U.S. institutions. There are more H-1B visa applications than there are available visas, this means, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services runs a lottery in which they select the 65,000 visas first and then follow up with the additional 20,000 for masters and doctorates. In a nutshell, even if you get a company that is authorized to file a petition for you, it is still a lottery.

How is it applicable to international students?

As an international student, upon completion of your education in the United States, you are eligible to work in the U.S. with your OPT for one year. With a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM ) degree (Major or minor), you get an additional two years to your initial one year. However, how can you stay and continue to work in the U.S. upon exhaustion of your OPT period? Your Organization files an H-1B petition on your behalf. That is where the H-1B visa comes into place for international students.

How do you get an H-1B?

After you graduate, you have several options if you want to stay. One option is getting a job in your chosen field within 90 days of graduating (the maximum period allowed). When you get a job with companies that are authorized to sponsor (see list below), the company will decide on filing the H-1B visa for you after exhausting your OPT / during that duration. Getting into companies that sponsor can be tough if you have not done any internships while pursuing your degree, so you should ensure you secure an internship when you are still a student. Pursuing further studies (Masters, Ph.D., etc.) might also increase your chances of getting sponsored. You will have to leave the country if you don’t find a job within 90 days.

Disclaimers

  1. There is no complete list of all the companies that receive H-1B visas because the government does not publish that list. Instead, a list of companies that file for the H-1B Visa is released. Check (myvisajobs.com)
  2. Companies might file visas for international students but not for all roles (So note these companies are dependent on roles) — Why? Because companies have to be able to prove that U.S. citizens alone cannot file the positions they are hiring. These more often are roles that require more technical capabilities.
  3. The companies listed below can change their policy (companies on this list might decide to stop sponsoring specific roles or in general)

Does the name of your university matter for getting a job?

While going to a prestigious university or “target” school can increase your chances of getting a job, if you do not, it does not hinder you from getting a job. Every college has career fairs, and if you are not satisfied with companies that are at your college’s career fair, there are ways around it. You can always go to hackathons and conferences for networking and attending career fairs of other universities. Many people also get jobs and internships by applying online. Ultimately, when you get that interview, it becomes all about your skills. “Can you get the job done” and how you perform in their interviews. But, if you are having trouble getting a job online, there are other ways to “secure the bag.” The first Prestigious company that ever got back to Anjali was Apple, and she got the offer by going to a career fair at a conference (Grace Hopper Conference). Even Olaseni got his first interview from Microsoft via a conference (The Richard Tapia diversity conference). We’ll write another blog about it later.

List of Some Companies that sponsor (Could be subject to roles at the company) (A-Z)

  1. Adobe
  2. Amazon
  3. Amensys Inc
  4. Apex Systems
  5. Applied Computer Technologies
  6. Apple
  7. Arecy LLC
  8. Bain and co
  9. Bank of America
  10. Bloomberg
  11. Blackrock
  12. California Institute
  13. Capgemini America
  14. Capital One
  15. Cerner Corporation
  16. CG Max
  17. Cisco Systems
  18. CloudParticle
  19. Cognizant Technology Solutions
  20. Cummins
  21. Dell USA
  22. eBay
  23. Edge IT
  24. Epic Systems Corporation
  25. ernst & young
  26. Facebook
  27. Findream LLC
  28. Goldman Sachs
  29. Google
  30. HCL America
  31. Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  32. Hughes network system
  33. IBM
  34. Infosys
  35. Integra Technologies
  36. Intel
  37. Kforce
  38. KPMG
  39. Larsen & Toubro Infotech
  40. L&T
  41. LinkedIn Corporation
  42. Marlabs
  43. Mastercard
  44. Medtronic
  45. Microsoft
  46. Mindtree
  47. Mckinsey and co
  48. Modis E&T
  49. Morgan Stanley
  50. Mphasis
  51. Mythri Consulting LLC
  52. NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
  53. Nemo IT Solutions
  54. Nvidia Corporation
  55. Oracle
  56. Pioneer Consulting Services
  57. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC)
  58. Qualcomm Technologies
  59. Randstad Technologies
  60. Saint Gobain
  61. Salesforce
  62. Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
  63. Snap Inc.
  64. Syntel Consulting
  65. Tech Mahindra
  66. Tesla
  67. Tata Consultancies
  68. The Mathwords
  69. Uber Technologies
  70. UST Global Inc.
  71. Wayfair LLC
  72. Wipro
  73. VISA
  74. XCG Design Corp
  75. Yahoo

Is all of this worth it?

YOU DECIDE! The financial implications can be huge if you do not have any scholarships. So if you are an incoming international student, do not think getting into an any of these companies is easier because the competition in your country is intense, please consider the fact that everyone from all over the world, apply for internships and jobs in the silicon valley and all over the US since they accept international interns. If you think you have what it takes, and are willing to risk investing a large amount of money for foreign education and work hard, you’ll be rewarded with your dream job. However, it isn’t going to be easy, but nothing worth anything is, right?

RESOURCES

https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/research/h1b-visa-program-fact-sheet

https://www.nnuimmigration.com/h1b-visa-lottery/

http://www.myvisajobs.com/Reports/2020-H1B-Visa-Sponsor.aspx

This list was compiled by us (the companies are uninvolved in getting their names on the list)

That’s about it! I’d like to mention I co-wrote this blog with Olaseni Adeniji. Feel free to reach out to either one of us if you have any other questions.

Anjali Viramgama

Intern at Facebook

An international student from India

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Olaseni Adeniji

Intern at Microsoft

An international student from Nigeria

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Passionate about coding, cybersecurity and inclusion and diversity of women in tech!

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