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How to Ask About Visa Sponsorship in an Interview

If you are a foreign national who wants to find employment in the United States, you may need sponsorship from an employer before starting your visa application. Therefore, you will need to search for a job and secure an employment opportunity before getting a visa (depending on the type of visa you are applying for). However, bringing up the need for sponsorship during a job interview can seem daunting. Thankfully, our team at Akula & Associates P.C. has put together tips to help you.

Work Authorization in Job Applications

It is best practice for American employers to ask job applicants about their ability to work in the United States in the application process. Most employers want to know if they will need to sponsor a worker in the early stages of the hiring process to prevent surprises when choosing the ideal candidate. In this case, you won’t need to ask for sponsorship during an interview since they will most likely be aware of it.

In most cases, you will find the question below in job applications:

“Will you now or in the future require [company name] to commence (“sponsor”) an immigration case in order to employ you (for example, H-1B or other employment-based immigration cases)?

_____ Yes _____ No”

However, if your job application didn’t ask you the question listed above and you were called in for an interview, you can notify them of your situation and ask if they will be willing to sponsor you. Being direct and professional is the best way to bring it up in an interview.

Asking Sponsorship Related Questions During an Interview

Although your potential employer may already be aware of your need for sponsorship, you may still ask questions during the interview. Below we have put together a list of questions you can ask during the interview related to your need for visa sponsorship.

  • Will I be expected to cover any of the processing fees for the H-1B visa?
  • Will your company hire a lawyer to help with the process?
  • Will your company help obtain visas for my family members as well?
  • Will your company cover my travel expenses?
  • Does this position qualify for eventual green card sponsorship?

Need help applying for an employment visa? Contact our Dallas immigration attorneys today at (844) 299-5003 to schedule a consultation!

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