Gaining employment in the United States has long been a goal for individuals from around the world. Many even call it the American Dream. But for some, getting a job in the United States is easier said than done. With several Americans struggling to find viable work due to an ever-changing economy, it can prove difficult for a foreigner to secure a job to make a living off of.
Even so, there are ways — more importantly, there is a process to gaining and securing employment in the United States if you don’t live there. Here is the easiest (step-by-step) way to do that.
1. See if your current employer has USA ties[quads id=2]
Perhaps you work for a global company that has employees or even clients in the United States. If so, and you have established a good working track record with your employer, you could ask if you move your office overseas.
Your employer could and should then apply for a work visa on your behalf. If not, if you show that you earn a substantial enough income, then you should be able to easily qualify for one.[quads id=1]
2. Work remotely
If you have skills that allow you to work remotely, this is probably the simplest way to gain employment in the US. Maybe you want to keep your current clients while expanding connections in the United States. Living in the United States will ensure you are in close proximity to potential clients if meetings in person are required.[quads id=2]
And if things don’t work out quite as you expected, you can always move your work back home with little to no harm done.
3. Connect with family
If you have family members who live in the United States, this might be a ticket to finding employment. In fact, if you have a family member who is a citizen, he may be able to sponsor you for a green card and even allow you to stay in his home for a while.[quads id=2]
And once you have a green card and can establish residency, you can begin applying for jobs in your new community.[quads id=1]
4. Attend a school in the US
Many international workers attended universities in the United States as a way to not only gain a great education, but to establish connections with employers while attending school as an international student. Many foreign students have found seasonal employment some National Parks, like these students who work at Yellowstone.[quads id=2]
However, many employers may be hesitant to hire international students due to difficulties obtaining work visas, a potential language barrier, or the concern of losing the student/individual when he/sh graduates or decides to move back home. However, if you are serious about getting a job, be upfront about some of these concerns and be prepared to address them and come up with solutions.
5. Apply for a job[quads id=1]
Perhaps the most straightforward way to get a job in the United States is to simply apply for a job or jobs. If you have the skills, education and background required for the position and you feel you can stand out above the rest, by all means take that leap of faith.
In fact, there are many companies willing to hire international employees, according to this list on Forbes. There are even special visa programs for foreign workers depending on the field you are interested in pursuing.[quads id=2]
If there’s a will, there’s a way, and it’s that will that will help you find gainful employment and attain that the American dream you’ve been searching for.