So many of you on H1B- how did you even get interviews??

New QUjx26
Nov 3, 2019 45 Comments

I wont even get an initial screening. Just straight to rejection. Even with referral. I’m based in Germany and in Germany and Europe I always get interviews right away, so my cv should be promisinng enough for them. but why won’t US companies even talk to me? How did the others here do it?

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  • eBay / Eng ebaysucks
    H1B process is fu...ed up, employer can not file for Visa when they make an offer. Have to wait for April 1st to apply. There is no guarantee because of lottery. You will know if your application gets selected any time from April to August. Then visa, rfe ( very common). Best case you can start working after October 1st. In 6m lot can happen for both employer and employee. Its such a hassle companies prefer to hire someone who is already in us.
    Nov 3, 2019 8
    • eBay / Eng ebaysucks
      One can immediately start working. I think this is the key distinction. No guarantee when you can start working with regular h1
      Nov 6, 2019
    • Accenture Bxpe83
      what’s difference wirking under h1b and the other option (opt?)?
      Nov 7, 2019
  • Oracle
    not_larry

    Oracle

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    Amazon
    not_larrymore
    Because they are already in US and already on H1.
    Nov 3, 2019 1
    • Reliable Software / Eng Sugoidesu
      Before coming to us they were not on h1 right? Or did you meant f1?
      Nov 3, 2019
  • Microsoft Beepbopyip
    That's bs.. they always called me for interviews even on h1
    Nov 3, 2019 10
    • Google jydgf
      It may be good. Point is that you don't have work authorization. How will company choose you without that? You now there is a lottery for H1 and chances are low for those who didn't study Masters in US. That's why companies don't want to invest so much and then know that you didn't get selected in lottery.
      That's why people come and study MS in US. That way they get work authorization for 3 years. Those who studied here already high chance of getting H1 and companies can apply 3 times in 3 years; so it's almost certain that the person will get H1 which when status of the person changed from F1 to H1.

      According to me, your best bet is to get into a company which has presence in US and wherever you are. Then work for some time and in parallel try for internal transfer. Company will keep applying which you are working which is different from applying once and that too when you are not working for the company.
      Nov 3, 2019
    • Salesforce mlrocks
      OP, u need to do MS in US to get work authorization for 3 years and 3 attempts at H1B lottery.
      Nov 3, 2019
  • Intel Bacchan
    Why do you want to move from Germany to the US? Just curious.
    Nov 3, 2019 2
    • New QUjx26
      OP
      I want to experience the Bay Area. Germany is so behind on a lot of tech
      Nov 3, 2019
    • Intel Bacchan
      Consider joining a US company in Germany and transferring internally.. or consider moving to the US as a student..if that can apply to your situation
      Nov 3, 2019
  • LinkedIn Humphrey G
    You need to be in the US. Otherwise, join a European office and transfer on an L visa.
    Nov 3, 2019 0
  • ON Semiconductor yqjU81
    Most of the companies prefer US work experience. Hang on tight. Work on your resume. I am sure you will start getting interviews..
    Nov 3, 2019 2
    • New QUjx26
      OP
      Thank you, I am losing hope but fingers crossed!
      Nov 3, 2019
    • Simplus MoonMan
      I would also add that an internal referral from somebody in a position that has headcount will go a long way. You wouldn't have to work on their team but if someone who is responsible for hire/fire recommends you it has a lot more weight than an Individual Contributor.
      Nov 4, 2019
  • We already live in US
    Nov 3, 2019 4
    • I guess. Most of us are on F1 or H1 visa, already have work authorization. They look into many factors, when applying they usually ask : If you are currently authorized to work in US ? A negative response for that is a deal breaker IMO.
      Nov 3, 2019
    • New QUjx26
      OP
      Yes I think you immediately get filtered out
      Nov 3, 2019
  • Taylor Farms azerty_
    When they see someone physically out of the US it becomes a different deal for them somehow.
    Nov 3, 2019 1
    • New QUjx26
      OP
      That’s what i have been thinking
      Nov 3, 2019
  • Microsoft isio37
    They can't simply give you an H1-B.

    It's a lengthy process to be able to get on an H1-B. The typical route is, you apply to a college/University to get a degree, at the end of that you're granted an "OPT" which allows you to start working.

    Once you start working, and the company likes you, they can apply for your H1-B, and compete for one of 55000 visas available every year.

    If you fail to get lucky the first year, you can extend the OPT by another year.

    It's difficult to get an H1-B, both for the employee and the employer.
    Nov 3, 2019 0
  • Airbnb TSfW65
    It’s going to be impossible unless you get a degree in the USA.

    Alternatively join google Germany and the. Transfer to USA after 1 year on L visa.
    Nov 3, 2019 1
    • New QUjx26
      OP
      I think that’s the easiest path, yeah
      Nov 3, 2019

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