Amazon vs Microsoft in terms of H-1B visa

Oracle TLead
Jul 7 18 Comments

People of blind, I would need your advice in choosing an offer.

I have received an offer from Amazon and Microsoft.

Amazon Alexa Shopping (Bay Area)
TC: 260k
L5 SDE2

Microsoft Azure Data and Intelligence (Redmond)
TC: 200k first year, 160k the following years
L60

I am currently on F1 OPT and I have 2 more H-1B tries. Microsoft is promising to send me to Canada if I don’t get H-1B and bring me back. I hear Amazon would give me an option to switch to countries and then I could come back to Us on L1 (Not sure)

I want to stay in Bay Area because my girlfriend and family are here. Would Microsoft give me an opportunity in Bay Area? Microsoft Bay Area folks could you please advice?

Can someone from Amazon tell me if Amazon would bring back? How easy is it at Amazon?

YoE: 2
Current TC: 160k

PS: could you please provide your insights through comments?

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  • Amazon / Product
    MarkLibra

    Amazon Product

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    MarkLibramore
    Level 5 will need Manager approval. True. But most managers are flexible with this. You can start discussions with manager from first day and does not depend on H1B.

    I can’t speak for Microsoft.
    Jul 7 9
    • Oracle TLead
      OP
      So would you advice taking Amazon? I’m asking because you are more experienced. I’m just out of school last year and have 2 years of experience overall. On one hand, I want to take Amazon because it is in Bay Area, pay is good. The only thing that I am genuinely worried about it H-1B.

      Please advice.
      Jul 7
    • Amazon / Product
      MarkLibra

      Amazon Product

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      MarkLibramore
      You may wanna weigh what you’ve heard about Amazon against Microsoft. I don’t know much about the Microsoft options. But if H1B/gc is your biggest consideration, then Amazon seems to be more generous than MSFT.

      You’ll need to be flexible though. You seem to wanna be IN California by all means. Your immigration situation will dictate that eg. you may be sent to Canada or another country whiles they work on your situation. If you are willing to work with them, they won’t forsake you.
      Jul 7
    • Oracle TLead
      OP
      Yes I’m willing to work with them. It is just that the time I have here in US, I wanna be in California. If I don’t get H-1B I don’t mind going to Canada or other country. But I would be hoping for an option to come back, because my my girlfriend lives here.
      Jul 7
    • Amazon / Product
      MarkLibra

      Amazon Product

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      MarkLibramore
      Amazon it is then...
      Jul 7
    • Oracle TLead
      OP
      Thank you for providing your insights and advice.
      Jul 7
  • Amazon / Eng lastknight
    Amazon has a policy of applying for green card on day 1 starting at level 4.
    Jul 7 3
    • Oracle TLead
      OP
      What is Amazon’s policy if employee didn’t get H-1B?
      Jul 7
    • Amazon / Eng lastknight
      Even on F1 u are eligible for green card
      Jul 7
    • Oracle TLead
      OP
      I know I am. I am from India. So I assume the GC would take time. I know I have two more H-1B tries but I am worried what would happen if I don’t get it in those two tries. I need H-1B to stay in US.
      Jul 7
  • Amazon / Product
    MarkLibra

    Amazon Product

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    MarkLibramore
    You should ask them about options for Green Card. Both companies are generous with gc sponsorship and both would file for you even on F1 OPT. I am not sure what the dependencies are for SDE2.
    Jul 7 3
    • Oracle TLead
      OP
      Microsoft said they would apply for Green Card 6 months after I get H-1B. The recruiter at Amazon said that Green Card would depend on the manager. But from reading posts on blind I understood that Amazon would be willing to apply for Green Card in Day 1 for L5 and above.

      I am not sure what would Amazon do if I don’t get H-1B in the next two tries. Microsoft said they have Vancouver office just for that. To send employees and bring them back on L1 Visa. Could you please share insights about Amazon?

      If I join Microsoft it would just be for Visa. On the other hand, can I ask Microsoft for Bay Area? I want to stay with my girlfriend and family.
      Jul 7
    • IBM xlajduf
      Get it in writing.
      Jul 7
    • Oracle TLead
      OP
      Get what in writing? From Microsoft or Amazon? I thought no company is going to give it in writing.
      Jul 7