Rejected from FACEBOOK for not having a H1b

Nov 18, 2019 52 Comments

I recently gave a technical interview for Data Specialist, Product Support Operations role at Facebook and I can say that they liked me a lot as I received an update within an hour that they want to schedule an onsite. But here’s the tricky part. They said that I need to provide a proof of my employment eligibility(EAD) before they could schedule an onsite.

I am currently on STEM OPT extension which is valid for a year and half. I provided them with a copy of my EAD and to my surprise, the recruiter called and told me that they couldn’t move forward as the immigration team said that they couldn’t support to hire me at this point and did not even specify a reason.

Did something like this happen to anyone else?

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  • Docker / R&D
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    It’s extremely difficult for even the top companies (w/ infinite resources) to obtain H1B Visa’s. You can thank Donald
    Nov 18, 2019 11
    • Apple Azrael3
      And I’ve never been to Israel 😀
      Nov 19, 2019
    • New / Eng LxxC41
      Nah I interviewed for FB in 2013, had interviewers split 2/2 and because I needed visa they said no. H1B has been difficult since 2012, when demand surpassed availability and it started to use a lottery process.
      Jan 2
  • New Tyroy
    For people who are commenting on what has changed, H1b transfer rejections are higher than they have even been. USCIS is hell bent on making life miserable for everyone 🙁
    Nov 18, 2019 10
    • Bloomberg
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      What you on about?
      Nov 19, 2019
    • New / Eng LxxC41
      USCIS is definitely bent of making immigrants feel like animals. And not only for H1B. On the contrary Canadian immigration is always very polite and helpful.
      Jan 2
  • Google Cvdk70
    Canada - no nonsense PR for high tech. Don't waste the best years of your life stuck in a limbo!
    Nov 18, 2019 8
    • Amazon mopfloor
      Yeah sounds like you have a good thing going. How much do you pay for health insurance ?
      Nov 18, 2019
    • Amazon / Eng BFI4
      In Ontario (where Toronto is in) you pay 0 to get basic coverage called OHIP (no dental, vision or drugs). Amazon provides this enhanced coverage that fills in the gap.

      I heard in British Columbia (wjere Vancouver is in) there is some public insurance premium that you have to pay, but I'll need to verify with my friend on how much.
      Nov 18, 2019
  • Citadel Securities wagecuck3
    Facebook has a policy that you need 2 years left on your OPT EAD
    Nov 18, 2019 0
  • Amazon real_bezos
    I had the similar situation. Interviewing for E5 SDE at FB. Gave telephonic interview last month and recruiter invited me for onsite interviews. After filling the form, recruiter said it’s against their policies as I only have about 19 months left on my STEM extension with 2 H-1B tries. So I joined Amazon. Microsoft and Amazon would not care about it. I know because my other offers were from Microsoft, Apple and Zillow.
    Nov 18, 2019 9
    • Walmart mrreese
      @ronney yes, Walmart also hires with 1y of opt.
      Nov 20, 2019
    • Amazon real_bezos
      @baburao1 I worked for 3 years before Masters and undergrad and 1 year now after Masters.
      Nov 20, 2019
  • Facebook BWTS57
    With 1.5 year length from now means you may only have 1 chance for lottery. Even though u have 2 chances, you cannot work from April to October.
    Nov 18, 2019 3
    • You can! You will get cap gap extension, if your H1 application is picked in lottery.
      Nov 18, 2019
    • LinkedIn / Data jyodevin
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      Then I am not sure why the immigration team rejected team. I am unable yo think of a possible explanation for this.
      Nov 18, 2019
  • Docker / R&D
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    Donald is doing everything in his power to prevent you from staying...especially if you’re Chinese. Check the facts, then refute me
    Nov 18, 2019 0
  • Walmart mrreese
    Yup, Fb & Msft have the same policy. You need at least 2 attempts for h1b with these companies.
    Nov 18, 2019 0
  • Amazon rice_eater
    That’s unfortunate
    Nov 18, 2019 0
  • Siemens !#!
    Yes! Similar to that I am currently on H1b and a recruiter(job match-maker as she wrote on her profile) found me on LinkedIn and persuaded me for a position which clearly listed a US person because of federal data. I noted that to her but she thought I was good fit for company and is an established growing startup I may be fit for other role.
    Everything went smooth, HR screen, technical resume screen and then a day before technical with VP they told me they can’t offer sponsorship at this point.
    Nov 18, 2019 1
    • Apple Azrael3
      Name and shame
      Nov 19, 2019

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