/ Asked by Michaela
I am looking for a job, but I need the company to sponsor me for H1-B visa or a green card. When should I disclose this information? Are companies usually willing to sponsor candidates for working visa? Thank you!
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, December 30, 2013
You need to disclose your need for sponsorship at the point of application. Companies vary on their willingness to sponsor due to the expense. If you bring an area of expertise to the table they are looking for and it supports their talent strategy, they will be more apt to sponsor. When applying for positions, some companies will also note whether the position is or isn't available for sponsorship.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, January 3, 2014
You should disclose your need for sponsorship upon applying for the position, either in a cover letter or if there is a question asking as much in that company's application process.  You do not want to get into a situation where a potential employer does not find out about your need for sponsorship until later in the hiring process (ex. at the time of an interview).  As to whether or not companies are willing to sponsor, it depends on the circumstances.  If you have a skills set that is in high demand and is valued by the companies to which you are applying, it is possible that they may sponsor.  You may also want to investigate the possibility of working for an employment firm that provided contract or contingent labor for other companies.  These organizations are typically more likely to provide sponsorship.
Answered by Megan, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Friday, January 3, 2014
The need for sponsorship should be disclosed as soon as possible. In fact, many companies ask candidates whether or not sponsorship is required on the application. If the question is not requested on the application, the candidate should mention the need for sponsorship at the time of the first round interview.
Sponsoring an employee requires a significant time and financial commitment from the employer. While some employers do sponsor candidates, others may not be able to do so for various reasons. If an employer is not able to sponsor candidates, it would save both the candidate and the company time to know that a candidate requires sponsorship up front, rather than after interviews, assessments, negotiations, etc.
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