The IT industry employs many Indian nationals for tech positions that require work be performed in the US. Many of these workers will enter the US and work using an H1B visa, which requires a US company to sponsor the petition.
There are several ways for an Indian worker to find a position with a US company that sponsors H1B visas. The fact that you are in India may present a few communication issues, but those are easily overcome if you are patient and willing to adjust to the difference in time zones.
The H1B petition itself is submitted by the US sponsor, and you can handle the interview process in the US consulate in your home country. Living in India will not affect the approval process of the petition as long as all documents are submitted in time.
Independent Job Search
Just as for any job, one can embark on an independent job search through direct company contact, online resources or personal contact with others working in similar fields. In smaller companies it may be difficult make contact with the right person while living abroad, but it is still a viable option if you have the right skills or work experience. The best situation is where you have a friend or colleague working in the company who can make an introduction on your behalf.
Web Resources for Sponsoring Companies
There are websites such as hib.io that have a database of companies that frequently sponsor H1B visas. You can locate the companies most likely to have positions and with a history of sponsoring Indian workers in the US. This saves you the time and trouble of sorting through Department of Labor data on H1B sponsors, and offers a quick entry to the most likely opportunities for work in the US. Please contact us if you are interested in using this resource to assist you in your job search.
There are consultants and agents both in the US and India that specialize in finding positions in the IT industry. When using these types of agents, one should be careful to evaluate their fees and effectiveness in locating a sponsor and facilitating a position. For example, they may want you to pay the visa fees upfront or some percentage of salary for their work in obtaining the visa. You will want to look for credible firms that have a solid reputation among the Indian IT community, with a fair and transparent fee structure.
Large Companies That Employ Many Foreign Workers
The majority of H1B visas are awarded to foreign workers of a few large tech firms that rely on the skills of employees from countries such as India. It may be possible to contact the human resources or recruitment department of these companies directly and inquire about available positions. Infosys is one example of this type of firm employing many Indians on H1B visas.
A recent change in H1B fees affected these firms directly, and could impact the availability of positions. Any company that employs more than 50 workers under an H1B visa will now pay much higher fees that can total up to $10,000 per applicant. These firms are actually protesting these fees with the USCIS arguing that they are too onerous and interfere with their ability to retain needed skilled workers.
It is doubtful the USCIS will change the new fees despite the protests, and these companies may look for ways to pass the increased visa cost on to the foreign worker even though this practice is prohibited.
- November 18th, 2016