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Seeking Employment

Many international students frequently wonder how to identify employers who are willing to sponsor an H1-B visa that would allow them to remain in the U.S. and work.  Regrettably, there is no way to "predict" which employers will (or will not) petition on your behalf.  Therefore, your best option is to research which employers have sponsored students in the past.  Additionally, since U.S. visa and immigration laws have made it very difficult to pursue employment in the U.S., we also encourage students to conduct their job search from a global perspective.  Thus, we've also assembled a list of international job sites as well.

Identifying Employers

  • Foreign Labor Certification (FLC) Disclosure Data — The Department of Labor Foreign Labor Certification (FLC) data identifies U.S. employers that completed FLC requests, thereby indicating an interest in hiring foreign workers. The Access database includes organization name, city, state, job title, salary, etc. Information is organized by fiscal year and program (permanent visa, H-1B visa, and H-2B visa).
  • BusinessWeek published a list of the top 200 companies that received the most visa petition approvals in 2007.

Job Listings (Domestic & International)

  • indeed.com — A great search engine for seeking jobs both within the U.S. and abroad.  You can customize your search for a number of countries, including Brazil, China, Germany, France, India, Singapore,  the United Kingdom and several others.
  • Work Abroad Web Sites — Hosted by the University of Michigan, contains valuable listings for those seeking to go abroad.
  • The Riley Guide's International Job Opportunities —  An expansive resource with job sites that are specific to various countries and regions of the world (e.g., Asia & the Pacific Rim, Central & Eastern Europe, etc.).  They also have information on Living and Working Overseas, The International Job Search, Networking Tips and Pointers, Interviewing Advice, and International Business Resources.
  • 4 International Careers & Jobs — Compilation of 2200 top job sites in 190 countries.
  • Global Health Council — The GHC has recently upgraded their Global Health Career Network site, which includes domestic and international employment listings from governmental organizations, NGOs, academic institutions, foundations, and private corporations. For full access to the job listings, you must become a member (student membership is $60).  Positions are still viewable without a membership.
  • Faayda.com — A very robust job search engine focusing exclusively on India.  Filters and search refinement tools can help you quickly narrow the more than 2 million jobs in India.

Job Search Advice & Resources

  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — This site should be bookmarked by any international student at Luther who anticipates staying in the U.S. to work once they have graduated or otherwise concluded their graduate studies.  This is the federal agency that approves work authorization petitions in the U.S.
  • On-line Job Search Advice for International Students — Onedayonejob.com hosts a blog on the college graduate job search, and they have pulled together some good advice for international students.
  • Resume & Cover Letter Tips for International Students — Available at Purdue University's OWL site, this information provides some valuable suggestions and points of clarification for international students regarding resumes, CVs, and cover letters.
  • Resume Writing Center — General resume writing suggestions for international students.