/ Asked by Kumar
I am an Indian who graduated with his master's degree from a school in Germany. I currently live in Germany but plan to apply for jobs in the US. How difficult or easy is it to find jobs in the US given that I do not reside there? Are companies reluctant on giving sponsorship? ( PS: I am looking for Entry Level jobs). Your comments are much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, January 6, 2016
I do not think there is one answer to this question because all companies handle their recruiting differently and it can vary from position to position. For a position with a unique and hard to find skillset, companies are typically more willing to look at non-local candidates or candidates who require sponsorship. However, this doesn't mean you wouldn't be considered for a position that doesn't require a hard to find skillset. If you are applying to a position that isn't in the area you reside, I would be sure to note in your cover letter that you have intentions to move to the city in which the position is located, especially for an entry-level role. Some entry-level roles do not offer relocation expenses so if you're willing to pay to relocate yourself, it's important to note that you already have plans to move.
I wouldn't let this hold you back from applying to a position though. If you find a position that interests you, I would encourage you to apply, regardless of what you think the outcome may be.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Companies have varying practices regarding hiring of international students.  Factors that go into that practice include level of education (i.e., PhD, MS, BS), requirements of role, etc.  Many job descriptions include citizenship requirements as part of the description.  I also suggest you ask the university where you obtained your master's degree. The career center might be able to tell you more about US company requirements in this area for entry level positions.

All the best in your search.

 
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Thursday, February 4, 2016
It depends upon the company and the type of work to be completed, but in short it will be very challenging for you to find a company to sponsor you for an entry level role regardless of the nature of work that you are doing.  Sponsorship is quite expensive and most companies reserve this process for those highly skilled individuals whom possess a technical skill that is not easily found anywhere but one that they can clearly prove to the U.S. Immigration services cannot be found in the United States.  Entry Level roles, typically, do not meet the requirements set forth by the Immigration & Naturalization services regarding labor need.  It may be more beneficial to you to build your career and skill set in Germany in order to gain the skills and experience necessary to be competitive for consideration for one of the few work visas issued from the U.S. 
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