/ Asked by Ibrahim
I am an international student and recently graduated from a US university.  I have a limited 'OPT' work permit, which allows me to live and work in the United States for about two and a half years. Still, I'm having trouble finding a job, because companies are apparently wary of having to sponsor me for a visa (even though that would only be a couple years down the line).  Also, though I have around 4+ years of experience in IT networks, companies don't seem trust that experience because it is not in the US. Do you have any advice for me?
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, March 7, 2014
The reluctance from companies to sponsor is due to many factors, but key among them is economic uncertainty .  Because of the volitility in the global economy right now, companies have a difficult time accurately forecasting their financial position 2-5 years in the future. As such, they are reluctant to take on future expenses.  In addition, there is uncertainty about how potential immigration reform in the United States will affect U.S. companies and the economy.  I would recommend researching and connecting with a company or two that provides supplemental or agency workers to other companies.  These companies are typically more willing to provide sponsorship and other companies will use their workers because they do not have to assume the financial burden of sponsorship. 
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Thanks for your question.

I would also suggest that you seriously consider opportunities in your home country.  Your US university degree may be highly respected by employers local to your previous residence.  If you are set on staying in the US, then consider opportunities at temporary employment agencies.  Many of these agencies have good, solid positions at top global employers.

All the best to you. 
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, May 12, 2014
I would explore getting contracted with an I/T contractor for placement. These firms are much more flexible around sponsorship, etc. and taking on that expense for a company. We've had several contractors assigned to us. Also, the firm can help really highlight your experience for you. Non-US shouldn't matter.
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